I love painted fingernails. There is something about having a pop of color on my nails that makes me feel a little more feminine and pretty.
For a long time I thought it was impossible to have a manicure last longer than a couple of days. Especially a home manicure. After testing various products, I have come up with a system that keeps my manicure fresh for 6 days. (by day seven my nails have grown out enough to need the treatment again.)
Here is my manicure regimen:
Step One: Trim, file + buff nails to the desired shape.
Step Two: Apply one coat of First Base base coat by Essie on nails.
Step Three: Apply nail color. Allow to dry completely. Tip: a nail tech once told me the color is completely dry when you can no longer "smell" the paint.
Step Four: Apply second coat of nail color. Allow to dry completely.
Step Five: Apply Out The Door top coat. Allow to dry for one minute.
Step Six: Lightly spritz OPI Rapid Dry on nails.
I am a mother to five children. I wash my hands millions? of times a day. Using these products keep my manicures from peeling or chipping for nearly a full week.
I always do my manicures late at night when the children are in bed. It's no fun being in the middle of the process and hearing the baby wake up from a nap. Ever try removing a baby from a crib with wet nails? I have and it's not pretty.
Essie is by far my favorite nail polish brand. The formula is perfect. Not too thin, not too thick. Added bonus: the colors are really pretty. "Silken Cord" is my current favorite. It's a bright orangish red and it makes me happy.
Between coats of paint I read blogs or watch a movie with my husband. Find an activity you can do that requires minimal hand usage but still feels pampering.
Do you have any manicure tips or favorite products to share? I'd love to hear about them!