Monday, January 23, 2012

Mandii's Tips for A Perfect DIY Mani.

My amores! You know I love to share my mani's of the week, and I often get asked what do I do to get that salon look mani, especially on how to make a polish last the whole week.
Here is a little secret... I was the worst manicurist in the world. I could not paint my left hand to save my life. But over time with practice and a couple of tricks I learned along the way, I got a bit better and so I'm going to share what I've learned with you!

Before starting, take these preliminary measures:

-Take care of all necessary bodily needs.
As in take care of all toilet duties, comb your hair, scratch what you need to scratch because you'll regret it when you are doing the peepee dance and your nails are not dry!

- Make sure you have all your electronic gadgets nearby.
Cell phone, laptop, Ipad. House phone... you don't want to go searching for these things either and your polish is still drying.

-Very important for mommies - Make sure kiddies are being attended to!
We forget all this beginning tidbits but believe me, nothing worst when you are between polishes and your little one needs a diaper change. Best time for a mani- when Daddy is on duty or the kiddos are asleep, which leads me to the next tip.

Okay so I said a good time to do your mani is while the kids are sleeping- so be prepared to stay up for a least an hour after your top clear coat has dried. There is absolutely nothing worse than waking up to wrinkled   bedspread print manicure.

Show time...

- Start with a clean , filed nail 
Remove all nail polish with nail polish remover. I personally like my good old professional acetone. Make sure you take the time now file any snags or uneven nails, to the shape you desire.

-Soak your nails
Warm water and your favorite liquid soap works. A five minute soak is great if you really want to pamper yourself.

-Rub oil into the cuticles
I like to use Vitamin E. Evening primose oil works well, as so does olive oil. It smooths out your cuticles and moisturizes them after the acetone.I also like to just push back the cuticles, I do not cut them. Wash the oil off well, and then take a napkin and with a little more nail polish remover wipe the nails.

-Always use a base coat!
It helps create a foundation for your color polish to stay on. Let it dry before applying your color coat.
My base coat of choice:
Nail Envy by OPI 

-Polish on your color
Start from the middle of the nail, cleaning the excess on the rim of the polish bottle.I like to start of with a thin coat and then go back for a second thin coat. Too much polish will lengthen the time it takes for your nails to dry.

- Apply a top coat
Make sure your color coat is dry before you apply the base coat, if the color coat is wet you can get bubbles in your polish.
My top coat of choice:
Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat
-Clean up stray marks
Take a q-tip or a cuticle stick with cotton wrapped with at the end and lightly dip in nail polish remover. Run it around the edges of the nail cleaning up any excess polish on the skin.

Now, of course this a very detailed and time consuming process and for me, this is my routine when I want to pamper myself. So I'll give you a the quick, chic on a mission mani process I do when I'm on a hectic schedule:

I'll usually remove my polish before I go into the shower and slather the oil on my hands and nails. Once I come out my hands and nails are silky smooth and I'll clean off any excess oil with a quick swipe of acetone. I'll brush on my base, polish, and top coat with at least two minutes of drying time in between each coat. Then I'll do my q-tip clean up and I'm usually good to go.

I hope this helps you then next time you go about a DIY mani. I would love to hear if you have any tips and tricks of your own!

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