We love sharing some Beauty tidbits, the buzz on the street and some great how-to advice. We love trying new beauty products and sharing pointers on what works in our life too. Today's post covers a speedy quick short nail manicure. Light hues on spring/summer nails are uber chic and completely transitional from daytime office work to nighttime soiree.
Choosing a lighter shade will allow you the flexibility of feeling supremely feminine and totally on-trend. Plus, it's much more forgiving of a shade than, let's say, a dark stormy red or navy blue. Plus dark hues have had their time to shine...I say bring the lighter colors back, now! I've included a step-by-step tutorial on how to do a speedy manicure in 20 min or less. Enjoy and hope this inspires you to treat yourself to a lil' at-home pampering!
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(these images were taken with RWD's iPhone so please forgive the lack of quality)
So first up, I started with a great Express Finish Advanced Wear polish from Maybeline. The color I chose was Blush Twinkle. I've found this series of polishes to be very fast drying and also withstand the test of time. I did two coats of polish on each hand and then covered those coats with Sally Hansen's Salon Nail Care Speed Shine 10 Day Top Coat. This keeps the polish shiny. Did you know one of the best things you can do to keep a manicure looking shiny and new everyday? Add a new coat of top coat every few days. Believe me, it works! PS - You can also purchase/apply a base coat if you have more time on your hands!
So here's the finished product after two coats of color and one coat of top coat. Not too shabby...but now the trick is coming up! Let your nails air dry for a few hours or even overnight then do the next step! This is what separates the good at home manicurists from the amateurs, ha! No seriously, it does!
Using a pair of cutters, trim your nails as short as you like them! I trim mine very short and I love how blunt and perfect the polish looks after this step! Did I think of this myself? Nope...can't say I did! A girlfriend from college always had the prettiest fingers and toes and we all played Division 1 soccer so this was merely impossible. One day I asked her, "How in the world do your nails always look so perfect?" I was secretly hoping she's give me the name of a great and inexpensive salon. Nope, she told me this trick and I was astounded! You cut AFTER you polish!
Make sure to add another coat of top coat after cutting your nails. This will keep the ends super strong and durable. If you skip this last stop of a secondary coat of top coat...your nails will look TERRIBLE and break right off! This is muy importante...another coat of top coat to seal the deal!
Here's the after!!! You can glance above at the first image and see my pointer finger? Yeah, it's totally pointy and this longer nail length is NOT very attractive and on-trend right now! Short, straight, blunt nails are what's in style so no more sporting those long nails, ladies! This is a great way to emulate that perfect spa manicure without all the cost.
Another sneak peek at the after! This isn't a huge discovery but I have had many friends ask me where I get my nails done and 99% of the time, I've used this trick to get the perfect short and blunt looking manicure. Totally hoping this helps a pretty nail loving reader out by saving a pretty penny to possibly by spring/summer's best transition piece: a maxi skirt! More on that HERE and enjoy!
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