October 26, 2011

GLAM GAB: How To Make Your Manicure Last

One of the most frustrating things is a manicure that just won't last. You spend all that time carefully painting your nails, only to have them chip a day later! I am going to show you a few simple steps that will make your manicure last for a week or maybe more without a single chip.

What You Need:
4 Step Nail Buffer
Orange Wood Stick/Cuticle Pusher
Nail Polish
Top Coat
Cuticle Cream
Cotton Ball
 Here's How:

1) Remove any old polish or nail product from the nail bed. 
2) Using the cuticle pusher to remove the protein build up around the cuticle area. This step is important, because anything left on the nail bed will cause nail polish to lift or chip.
3) Pull apart a cotton ball so it becomes thin, roll one end of the orange wood stick in the cotton ball. 
4) Begin pushing cuticles back and off the nail bed.
5) This is the most important step, using a 4 Step Buffer. (Revlon Buffer) Start at Step 1 and work through to Step 4. This is various kinds of buffing that will help prepare the nail for polish.
6) Wash hands to remove any dust during the buffing. Dry hands well. 
7) Paint 1 coat of polish and let dry completely, this will avoid air bubbles forming in the polish.
8) Paint a second coat and allow to dry completely.
9) Apply a top coat polish to seal in the polish and prevent chipping.
10) Once nails are completely dry, you may want to apply a cuticle cream to keep your cuticles form cracking or drying out, especially this time of year.

Simple Right?

The most important step is making sure you buff out your nails well, being sure to get up as close to the cuticle as you can. My favorite nail buffer is the Revlon Shape 'n Buff, it does an amazing job and can conveniently be found at your local drugstore!

Do YOU have any manicure tricks or tips?

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