Our Treat Girl always has lovely nails...something the rest of us aspire to but never quite reach.
I realized, looking back through my photos, that she spent a significant amount of time on this task for herself and others:
While watching a movie:
While we were sewing:
And an all out early morning girlfriend manicure session!
Every master has tools of the trade, and here are hers:
She suggests that Sally Beauty Supply is the best spot to begin to accumulate your own secret weapons. She also sat down and demonstrated all the steps so we could all replicate this at home for a fraction of the cost of a salon manni.
How to Give Yourself a Professional Manicure at Home
Step 1: File
Step 2: Soak
Step 3: Apply a thick cream, like Burt's Bees Wax Cream
Step 4: Push back cuticles (use the sharpish tool to the left of the file for this)
Step 5: Trim cuticles (use those tiny scissory things at the bottom for this)
Step 6: Clean under your nails (with the other end of the cuticle pusher thing)
Step 7: Go over your nails with nail polish remover to prepare them to take the polish
Step 8: Apply base coat
Step 9: Apply two coats of polish (she recommends Essie Madmoiselle for a natural , everyday look)
Step 10: Apply topcoat
She recommends plowing through these coats of polish, one right after another, not waiting for each to dry, before applying the next. Then, wait for about 10-15 minutes and go shopping!
I'll take you on our shopping field trip tomorrow...see you and your bad-ass nails then!
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