[How to] Clean Up A Manicure In Three Ways

Hey Everyone, I always have trouble cleaning up my manicures and I’ve been trying to gather tips on how to make it look as clean and presentable as possible. I think many of us could benefit from a little instruction, and if you have any tips that work for you, please share! Enjoy!

Method two:  Sally Hansen No More Mistakes Manicure Clean up Pen. See here

These wonderful little pens are perfect for minor touch-ups and lighter polish.  I made the mistake of using it for darker colors and had difficulty using it later on.  Still good to have on hand and come with refillable tips.

Method two:  Nail Polish Remover and a brush

I love the little glass dipping cup that they have at manicure shops.  I went ahead and got one of my own for my own manicures.  Here I use a little acetone and a nail art brush in a chisel tip and point tip to clean around the edges.  Brushes are good for major goofs and getting underneath the nail.

Method three: Nail Polish Remover and an Orange Stick

By far, the best way to clean up the cuticle and make a clean, professional manicure.  Dip the orange stick in the nail polish remover or acetone and trace the cuticle along the nail bed.  This one requires the most pressure put on the nail/skin. A Ginormous thanks (for the hot tip) to the Owner of Kell’s DIY Nails on Facebook. 😉

Voila, A New Clean Manicure…..

OPI Teenage Dream and Zoya Roxy

Do you have Manicure clean up tips that work really well for you?  Please share, we all could use the extra advice 🙂

Somebody’s Watching Me Manicure

As soon as I finished this manicure it made me think of eyes:

googly-eyes …. And then that song:

I’m not sure how I feel about the design. It’s a little bright for me but maybe with a different color combo it would look a little better. Regardless, here is an easy nail art design that everyone can do. You may want to grab some toothpicks, bobby pins, or a nail art tool to do the dotting. Choose three colors you would like to work with, a base coat, and a top coat.

sombodys watching me manicure easy nail art1. Always prep your nails before hand with a file to smooth edges and corners. Then apply a good base coat. I use Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail

Hardener.

Sally hansen Diamond Strength Base Coat2. I then follow with a ridgefiller because my nails have been peeling a lot lately. I’m hoping that’s going to reverse soon because I’ve been taking j.f lazartigue hair vitamins for the past two weeks (admittedly with a day missed here and there :/ ) and I would hope they would help with nail growth as well. I’ll be reporting on those babies later.

j.f. lazartigue revitalizing hair vitamins

Currently taking 2-3 /day. You can take up to 6!

So you apply the ridgefiller to smooth the nail bed. I like Orly’s version.

Orly ridgefiller on top of nail hardener3. Then apply your base color. I choose Essie’s Watermelon, and did two coats.

Essie watermelon

4. Then get your dotting tool ready and a plate to drop polish on.

dab the color on a plate tri color manicure5. Then take your dotting tool and dab it into the polish. Create slightly larger dots by circling around your dotting tool to create a bigger circle. You’ll want the first set of dots slightly bigger so the second set of dots are slightly smaller. Allow your nails to dry for some minutes between the drops because it can get thick if you aren’t careful.

* to make the dots look like eyes instead of “just dots”, place the second dot ( in my case, the blue color near the edge of the bigger (white) dot. Like the googly eyes up above. Do it on random sides so it doesn’t look too much like a pattern.

use your dotting tool to dot nail6. Finish with a top coat to seal the design. Lately I’ve preferred using Seche Vite Top Coat since its so shiny.

somebodys watching me manicure 2

Want to see different nail designs? Just click on the picture above to take you to my gallery

What colors would you choose? Would you possibly use real googly eyes from the craft store? I bet you can make some cute Halloween designs with those! Have yet to master the feather manicure yet–if any readers out there get tips on how to make the feather NOT lift please share!

XOXO

Claudia

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