Mani Challenged? You Can DIY!
Quick fix for FOSM (fear of self manis)
Salon manicures do tend to look better and last longer than a DIY, but with a little patience and practice, anyone (including you!) can succeed on your own.
Simply start with clean, polish-free nails and follow these helpful tips from the mani pros at KISS.
Get in shape:
Oval, coffin, and stiletto nails are the hot trend, but square and squoval are the way to go; the wider nail shape makes them sturdier and less prone to breaking. For filing nails, best practice is to work in one direction along tips and at sides; sawing the file back and forth roughens nail tips.
Be a nudger–avoid cutting cuticles. Apply cuticle oil, olive oil or Vaseline, then gently nudge cuticles back with a cuticle stick. Next, wipe nails with nail polish remover or alcohol to remove any residue before polishing.
Go thin–thick layers of polish take much longer to dry and are prone to smudging. Apply thin coats of polish, allowing each layer to dry for a minute in between. A base coat, two coats of color and a top coat-applied in thin layers are a must for a long-lasting finish. For application, manicurists use three strokes–one down the middle then one on each side, so it’s a good rule to follow.
Ideally, relax and wait 15-30 minutes for polish to totally dry (as long as you applied thin coats). To speed dry, wait a few minutes after polishing, then use a blast of cold air from a fan or a blow dryer (if it has a cool shot feature) for a few minutes. Give another 5 minutes to dry, then brush nails with a quick dry product.
Now that you’ve mastered a DIY manicure, help it last by wearing waterproof lined gloves when washing dishes or doing any messy housework. Also, use hand cream and groom cuticles with a dose of cuticle oil or vitamin E every day. Another option is to go with imPRESS; the Press-on Manicure is faster than applying nail polish, and it’s literally maintenance free!