Rituals | Manicure
Over the years I have been admiring my parents’ nails and I have learned some good tips to be able to make my manicure myself (from them and from the tons of glossy magazines I’ve read).
I thought I’d share my tips for the novices.
One of the styles that I find goes with each type and shape of nails is the nude manicure. It is fresh and polished, without looking overdone (well, in this post I might have given it just a tiny bit of extra glamour, but what is life without sparkles, right girls?).
NB: This manicure ritual has to be done in your cozy home with some good music in the background.
First step is to prepare everything you will need before you get started. Nail painting can be tricky. You don’t want to search for something in your bag while your nail polish is not dry yet.
Here is a list of what I use for this nude manicure ritual:
- acetone free nail polish remover
- cotton pads
- glass nail file
- ceramic cuticle pen
- color correcting pen
- base coat which is also the main color
- top coat
- cuticle nourishing oil
- golden loose glitter
- rich hand cream
- I also use a glass sheet to protect the table. The glass is very easy to clean if your nails polish does get on it.
Step 2. Remove any residues off your nail. It’s better to use an acetone free nail remover. I do this even if my nails were not painted, to make sure I remove the oily film off the nails.
Step 3. Using a wooden or ceramic cuticle pushers, free the bed of your nails from dead skin by pushing it towards your finger. I do this before filing my nails. When your nails are freed from the excess skin they might have another shape at the base. Try to resist cutting it, because this will only make your cuticles grow thicker, or in the worst case you might get an infection.
Step 4. Use a glass nail file to give the desired shape to your nails. Usually the best shape that fits you is the shape of the nails at their base.
Step 5. Use a base coat to avoid the yellow coloring of your nails. In this case I used Ballet Slippers from Essie. It works well as a base, but it is pretty enough to be worn for the color as well.
Step 6. After painting your nails (1 layer of base coat and 1 or 2 layers of top coat) use a nail polish remover pencil to correct the edges or mishaps. A perfect manicure always has a ½ mm gap between the cuticles and where the nail polish starts.
Step 7. I added an extra glam to my nails with some golden flakes. Before the polish gets to dry, dab you finger in the glitter jar and gently press the flakes on your nails. Repeat till you get just the right amount on each nail. This can also be done with a nail polish that already has glitter in it.
You can skip this step if you want to keep it simple.
Step 8. Apply a layer of top coat to give the extra shine and protect your beautifully painted nails.
Step 9. Nourish your cuticles with a special oil. While many manicurists do this right after filing the nails, I like to do this as a last step, because I don’t have to wash it off to apply the nail polish and while the oil absorbs in the skin, I tend to be more careful with the nails (every time I skip this step I think that the nail polish is already dry and start working around and aaaalways get marks on them).
Step 10. When your nails are done, apply a good hand cream to make this process feel even more like a ritual and forget washing the dishes. Or maybe someone else can do it for you.
Have fun painting your nails!