November 27, 2013

Lazy Girl's Guide to: at Home Manicures!

I love having my nails painted, but I am always either too impatient or too busy to wait for them to dry.  So, I come to you today with one of my favorite tips ever for doing my nails! I was a little skeptical of this tip at first, but it really works!!

Step One: Remove any nail polish that you have left on your nail using a nail polish remover, and file your nails to your desired shape. 

Step two: Apply a base coat.  The one i've used is Seche Vite Ridge Filling Basecoat.  I am obsessed with this! It gives the nail polish a perfectly smooth and clean surface to be painted on.

Seche Vite Base Coat
Step three/four: Apply one coat of your nail polish to your nail.  After letting the first coat dry for a few minutes, apply a second coat.  Apply a third coat if the nail polish is sheer, otherwise a third coat probably isn't needed.

Nail Polish from Sephora (Blanking on the exact name!) Also, I realize that I didn't do the neatest job painting but I can assure you that I cleaned it up a little after this photo!
Step five: Apply a top coat.  The top coat that I like to use is also by Seche Vite, it's the dry fast top coat! This top coat makes your nails look so shiny it's ridiculous!!
Look at that shine!!! ;)
Step six: (TIP) Once you've allowed the top coat to dry for about two minutes, run your nails under cold water.  Yes, cold water! I know it sounds weird, but the cold water helps the polish dry! About a minute after running your nails under the water, they'll be dry! I would still be careful not to knock in to anything, but for the most part your nails are dry!!


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