Is it time to get another manicure? Your cuticles are looking dry, your polish is chipped and faded, and well, it’s just time for a do-over. Now I’m not suggesting that you never go back to the salon to get your nails done, because a salon visit is not only relaxing and stress free for you, the customer, but it’s good for business for the nail tech as well. However, if you’re in a pinch and need to do your nails quickly and on the cheap, here are 3 tips to help you get the results you’re looking for without all the cost.
- Every nail job, whether gel, acrylic, or regular lacquer, needs a base coat. There are tons of brands and different polishes out there to choose from, and everyone has a different opinion on which works best. Play around and find which base coat works for you, and remember to use it EVERY TIME as your first layer. It may seem a little unnecessary to some, but it is the best way to ensure that your color isn’t chipping in a couple days. It adheres the polish to the nails and greatly extends the life of your manicure.
- Pick your polish! Again, there are tons of brands to choose from, and you will find different reviews of varying opinions on any one of them. The really important thing here is to choose between gel polish, acrylic, and regular lacquer. Gel is simple to do at home but you MUST have a UV or LED light to cure it. It’s a guaranteed long lasting manicure for sure, but there are a few tricks to applying it beyond just the necessity of the light. It’s a thicker polish, you must scuff the nail before applying it, and if any part of the manicure touches your skin the whole gel nail will peel off your actual nail. Acrylic is a sort of painting system that requires you to mix powders and liquids to paint onto (usually) a false nail tip…I would not recommend attempting to this on your own nails at home unless you are a pro. Lastly, there’s good old lacquer; the kind that air dries and is easy to apply. This is surely the simplest option, and most readily available to non-professionals in stores. It’s my top recommendation as far as simplicity and price to do at home.
- Don’t forget your top coat! This is the final step of any manicure. It protects the color that you’ve applied to your nail, and helps keep the polish underneath it from chipping. It also, depending on what kind of top coat you choose, can add a layer of shine or thickness, or even give your manicure a matte finish.
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