3 Most Common Nail Mistakes You’ll Want To Avoid &How To Fix Them!
Since the pandemic started, I’ve had to do my own nails more often. My go-to nail salon has been closed for months. DIY manicures can be a little annoying if you don’t know what you’re doing. I’m telling you my mistakes so you can learn from what I did wrong. My Top 3 Nail Mistakes: 1. Only using one coat of polish I’m the first to admit it, I can be pretty lazy, but one coat of nail polish just doesn’t cut it. I know doing two coats takes more effort and adds to the drying time, but it’s so worth it in the end. 2. Not focusing enough on nail care Nail care is a game-changer! You need to buff, file, and cut your nails before applying polish to get the best results. Buffing really helps smooth out any ridges or inconsistencies on the nail bed. 3. Using a bad top & base coat Do you know that glossy top coat you get from at salons that makes your nails look super shiny and perfect? I didn’t use to care about which base or topcoat I used. I would just use the cheapest one available at the drug store. What a mistake! My Must-Try Nail Products: ● Seche Vite Base & Top Coat - The Sechevete base and top coats give you that salon-worthy shine you want from a DIY mani. Plus, it helps dry the nails super fast so you can get on with your day! ● Nail Buff - This thing was only $1, and it’s helped transform the way I give myself manicures! ● A glass nail file - Did you know glass nail filers are supposed to be healthier for your natural nails? The Final Look I did this fun look for the 4th of July! I filed and buffed my nails with the white buffer and topped them with two coats of my favorite nail polishes by Essie!
Top coat nail polishes
Gel nail polishes
DIY nail tips
Base & Top Coats
Oct. 27, 2020
guess I'm just a PLAY DATE to you
This shade is called Play date, which I think is an adorable name for a nail paint. It is a really pretty purple polish. You just need 2 coats for an ultimate finish. I love to top it off with Essie gel top coat.
job interview nails 💼 marshmellow+mademoiselle
These are two of my oldest nail polishes, and holy grails. From super pale to deep, these colors seem to match every skin tone. AND a plus with the Mademoiselle (sheer pearl) shade is that it’s so sheer, it almost gives your nails a faded french mani look. 💅🏼 NAIL DETAILS 💅🏼 ￼￼NAIL SHAPE: Squoval / rounded Basically, a polished version of your natural nail shape will always look professional. Square and almond nails can fit creative and fashion industries~ Rounded plays it safe. And gosh I love stiletto nails! But those might be best when you already have the job. ￼￼COLORS: essie - Enamel Nail Polish (Sheer pearl nude) essie - Enamel Nail Polish (Sheer white) Both are $8.99 for 0.46 fl oz. Mademoiselle is the YNBB (your nails but better) polish. Here, I’m wearing 3 coats of it. It’s far from opaque, but gives my nails a blurry shine. It makes the white ends of your nails blend in the rest of it like a fake ombre at a glance. I couldn’t recommend it more. Marshmallow is a beautiful sheer off-white. I built it up to nearly full opacity with 3 coats, but 2 coats will look like a wash of color. I put 4 stars instead of 5 because it can be a little patchy- So you have to go over it in a way that will even it out. ￼￼POLISH TYPE: Regular nail polish that’s mostly dry in 10 minutes. Dry enough to survive your fingers brushing on it, but not a hit. Give it a drying boost with a top coat like Sally Hansen - Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat 🌑 DESIGN IDEAS TO SPRUCE IT UP 🌑 These colors make the perfect base for job interview nails. You can complement it with tones like ￼￼Burgundy ￼￼Black ￼￼Grey ￼￼Forest green ￼￼Navy Blue ￼￼Mauve ... for a sophisticated, serious look. It can be hard to predict what kind of nail polish designs will fly depending on your job interview. But here are some ideas that at least give off a mature, confident vibe: ￼￼Standard French Mani (I’ve never seen it fail) ￼￼Gradient nails ￼￼Geometric shapes 🌺 BONUS TIP: You can also add nail accents / colors to match the job’s brand. So for example, I wore the Orange in the last pic for an Orange and Blue brand I applied to once. I kept it from being to loud by just keeping it short. What nail looks are popular for jobs in your area ? Do you work in an industry with unique nail looks?
My favorite at home “gel” manicure!
I’ve gotten so much better at painting my nails after not going into a salon in months, and this combo of products allows my manicure to last a full 2 weeks. I haven’t ventured into gel polishes that require a UV lamp, but the OPI Infinite Shine formula is the same quality. OPI - Infinite Shine Prostay Primer I had never used a nail primer, or even really a base coat, before trying this one, but I definitely feel like it helps the polish stick to the nail better. I’ve tried the infinite shine polish without the primer and my nails chipped much faster. OPI - Long Lasting Nail Polish Infinite Shine 2 this is the shade “engagement to be” which is described as a pale lilac, but appears more grayish purple in person. It’s a beautiful neutral shade and very glossy. The wide brush helps with easy application, and the formula is thick enough to not run, but still allow for buildable coverage through multiple coats. With this particular shade I use 3 coats, but most of the collection only requires 2 coats Seche - Vite Dry Fast Clear Top Coat Super quick drying but also super chip resistant! Makes my nails super glossy but isn’t thick or gummy at all. My nails dry significantly faster with this top coat than any other I’ve ever tried #cheriepartner
Which Drugstore Gel Polish Reigns Supreme?
Do you all remember when drugstore gel polishes were all the rage a few years ago?! Everyone, including myself, coveted the extra shiny, long-lasting appeal of gel manicures but wanted quicker, more affordable alternatives. I must stress this - I’ve never had a professional gel mani. My comparisons are purely going to be based on longevity, color payoff, & shine. In this post I’m going to discuss 3 popular gel polishes at the drugstore: Sally Hansen - Miracle Gel , essie - Gel Couture Top Coat , and wet n wild - 1 Step WonderGel Nail Color . All of these formulas claim to be long-wearing, high-shine, & don’t need a UV lamp to cure like traditional gel polishes. Sally Hansen: I’m wearing the shade “tidal wave” on my thumbs & pinkies (only left hand photographed). This formula is opaque in 2 coats, has a shiny finish, and easy to apply. I topped it with its matching top coat Sally Hansen - Miracle Gel Top Coat for extra shine. I purchased this shade & top coat as a set for approx $16 a few years ago, and have not had issues with the formulas changing over time. I have 1 other shade (discontinued). They retail for $7-10 each depending where you purchase. Honestly, this formula is not worth the hype or price. This shade lasts longer on me than the other one, but no where near the brand’s claims of being long-wearing. I find that my polish chips within 2-3 days and it’s downhill from there. Easily removable with any polish remover. Essie: I’m wearing “once upon a time” on my index & ring fingers. I received this & essie - Gel Couture Top Coat in an Influenster box a few years ago. The formula has not changed over time. This shade is opaque in 2 coats, shiny, and easy to apply. Sets with a polish & top coat are $18-20 and single polishes around $10-11 depending where you purchase. The formula is true to its claims of even coverage, shine, & fade-resistant. I find this to last about the same time as the WnW polishes (keep reading!). Again, for that reason, not worth the hype or price. Easily removable with any polish remover. Wet n Wild: These are the cheapest at around $5 ea. The 2 downsides are the shade range is significantly smaller (WNW ~ 10, sally hansen ~ 100, Essie ~ 45) & availability. It appears WNW has discontinued most of this line, but you can still find them at Walgreens.com and on the WNW website. This particular shade on my middle finger, “stay classy”, is one of my all-time fave polishes I’ve worn a lot over the last few years. I also have teal shade & the formula is consistent. It’s easy to apply, opaque in 2 coats, and shiny on its own (the 1-step claim) or with Seche - Vite Dry Fast Clear Top Coat This lasts around 3 days without chipping. Easily removable. Because it lasts about the same time as its more expensive counterparts, I recommend these instead. #CheriePartner
Do you need a base coat? Do you need a top coat?
💅🏻 Short answer: Yes 💅🏻 I know it’s no fun spending money on primer for your nail polish. I myself tried to avoid it for years but I was spending time giving myself at home manicures that were chipping off when so much as a strong breeze blew. Not only that but both the base coat and the top coat help smooth texture, prevent nail staining, and give your nails a gel like shine. 💅🏻 I really enjoy the Cirque Colors Base Coat and Top Coats, but there are plenty of other options out there that I’m sure work just as well. But no matter what brand you use, you’ll get the most out of your at home manicure and save yourself a lot of time and frustration.
this week’s at-home mani ☀️ with essie
i have been on the hunt for a perfect summery tangerine nail color. i haven’t found it yet, but this was the next best thing that i saw at ulta this weekend. essie - Enamel Nail Polish in “check your baggage” is such a fun shade - it is described as a bright creamy yellow with red undertones. i think that this would be gorgeous on anyone with warmer undertones. i am determined to find my tangerine shade! we’re almost to the end of the summer so i have to maximize my time with fun colors, lol.
essie-Enamel Nail Polish
Paint you own nails at home! 💅🏽
Painting your nails solo can be tricky, but here is how do them without any help. 🤩 🔥 using the OPI - OPI Nail Lacquer in “This Cost Me A Mint” ✨ Start with clean & manicured nails: clipped, filed, buffed. Next, using your dominant hand, start with your first or base coat of polish; Start at the cuticle and slowly stroke your way up to the top of the nail bed. Do this until the entire nail is covered. Wait a couple minutes to let the first coat dry and continue until the polish is opaque. You don’t want to use more than 3 coats of polish; the more you use, the longer it will take for your nails to dry. Finish with a fast drying top coat - my current fave is OPI - Rapidry Top Coat and voila! Freshly painted nails 🥳 I usually wait 2-3mins between each coat to let it dry. When I’m all done with the paint job, I’ll take a cuticle stick/pusher with a little cotton soaked in acetone to clean up around the edges. Try to do this throughout the process so that you have less to clean up at the end. 🌟 Favorite brands of polishes to use: OPI - OPI Nail Lacquer essie - Enamel Nail Polish ella+mila - Elite Collection Nail Polish 💛 hope you enjoyed the tips! #CheriePartner
ella+mila-Elite Collection Nail Polish
trying to perfect my at-home mani!
not yet comfy with the idea of salon services, so i’m learning to do my nails in this season! * products used * ORLY - Orly Base Coat & Top Coat this stuff is amazing!! i think that it is making a huge difference in the staying power for my at-home manis and pedis. OLIVE&JUNE - CDJ i want to love this product more. it’s a beautiful color - a creamy pink that works well with my skintone. the texture of the product is very thick though, and i don’t quite feel like it looks smooth. i could just be heavy-handed, and i’ll keep trying because i have been eyeing the nabela collection (so perfect for summer!). OLIVE&JUNE - Nail Polish Topcoat this is great! one of the nicer top coats that i have used. also very thick, and provides a good amount of shine. OLIVE&JUNE - Clean Up Brush maybe i’m just a sucker for cute products, but the acrylic handle and the cute logo just do it for me. i also feel very professional cleaning up my nails after painting them. please share at-home mani tips! 💅🏾 i’m always looking to get better. 🤗
Perfect At-Home Mani! No Chips or Smudging
Since salons are closed, I’ve been trying to perfect my at home manicure situation. Good products are half the battle, the other half is technique. deborah lippmann - All About That Base Correct and Conceal Base Coat gives my nails a smooth surface to work with, and gives whatever colour on top a true neutral surface to layer on top of. Because of this colour payoff is always true! It discourages chipping and keeps my nails from being stained or dried out. I love this brand because it’s 7 free (free of 7 common nail polish chemicals) and is cleaner than most polish brands out on the market. For technique, I paint three small strokes in a thin layer with only a small amount on the brush. I do this after i’ve filed and buffed my nails gently. Sometimes I have shaking hands, so I hold my breath when painting and hold the brush at the base! One key is having a small enough brush that is doesn’t go everywhere, and I love the size of this polish brush for my own nails. If you find it too big, go ahead and trim it to fit your needs and your nails! Good overhead lighting to see missed spots and patches as well as any debris caught in the polish is also key and very beneficial to perfecting the polish surface. I do one layer of base coat, two of colour, and one top coat. I chose a deborah lippmann - Glitter Nail Color as they’re some of my favorite polish formulations and don’t dry out of get chunky. When practicing painting nails, sheer polished and glitters are the most forgiving (versus opaque creme polish) as patches, bumps, and smudges are less noticeable . Any mistakes on my fingers I clean with acetone and an orange wood stick before moving on. Try not to use cotton as the fibers can get stuck in the polish! Make sure each nail is fully dry between each layer to avoid pilling of polish. If I mess up and it’s not recoverable, I take the polish off while it’s still wet and start over— it comes off the easiest this way! For beginners, liquid latex or the equivalent is amazing, you can put it around the perimeter of your nails on your skin to avoid having to clean up with acetone! deborah lippmann - Addicted to Speed Ultra Quick Dry Top Coat is an amazing top coat. Most of my smudges happen during the drying process, and this ensures my nails dry as quick as possible with a beautiful shine. Rather than a full hour, my nails take 20 minutes tops to dry with this top coat. I’ve rephrased this many times and will continue to do so! If a smudge does happen, I put oil on my nail like deborah lippmann - Cuticle Oil Nail Cuticle Treatment and smooth it out gently by tapping my nail on top with another finger (wait until it’s over half way dry to do this or you’ll end up with finger prints). The paint will last me about ten days before chipping. Happy painting! Finish with a hand creme to lock in moisture. Any questions, please leave in the comments!
deborah lippmann-Addicted to Speed Ultra Quick Dry Top Coat
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