How can I get a mani to last longer? How can I avoid nail polish chipping? Hello friends! Today I want to talk about some frequently asked questions in regards to making your mani last. A good manicure starts with a good base.
While some people prefer going to a salon to get their nails manicured, not everyone has time or money to make it to a salon. Or maybe it's just not really your cup of tea. Doing your own manicure at home does not have to be daunting task. Also, it gets easier with practice ;)
Today's blog will focus on how to prep your nails at home for a long-lasting manicure.
I have included a video tutorial on this topic, so if you prefer, feel free to watch the videol :) Of course, there is more in depth information on this blog than in the video.
Firstly, know that in order to really have a good base, you may need to go out and get some manicure products. A lot of things you may already have at home, but some things you may need to go out and purchase.
Another thing I'd like to mention, is that I am not a licensed nail tech, and my advice is from my own experiences. I try to find a balance between having healthy nails (which is a whole other topic) and using polish. I feel like it's important to mention this, because many people may not agree with what I am writing. Again, this is for people who want to make at-home polish manis last.
"You should never cut the live skin at the base of your nails." That is something that you have hopefully heard, because it's true. But, if you have excessive, overgrown skin that is just sticking out after you've pushed it back, it's okay to cut with cuticle nippers, as long as the skin is dead, and you do it carefully. Only cut what over hangs, and do not get close to live skin. Once the dead skin has been completely removed, you have a clean nail plate to work on. You may also clip off any hang nails.
*I push back the skin at the base of the nails about every 1 - 2 days to help keep the skin from growing onto the nail plate. This is just how often I do it, based on my nail growth. IMPORTANT!!! - keeping my cuticles pushed back, not allowing them to grow out over the nail plate is what keeps me from clipping them, since they never get long enough to cause a problem. All I do is remove dead cuticle tissue as needed. Most of the time, it's as easy as scraping it off after I have showered, as the skin becomes thin and dry enough to easily flake off.
Lastly... Again, please remember that this is based on my experience, not just on my nails, but on doing manicures for friends as well. Sometimes, different products work better for other people, so I always keep that in mind :).
I hope you enjoyed this post, and please let me know if you have any questions