I do not know where this Holiday season has gone, but it is in full swing with a list of Holiday parties, gift shopping, gift giving, baking, eating, drinking, and celebrating this wonderful time of year. You have the dress, the makeup look, but what about your nails? No look is complete without the perfect manicure.
My go-to holiday nail shades are jewel tones. In this post I picked a few of my favorites. Before I get to that, though, lets go over step by step my perfect at-home manicure. Bonus, it’s free, leaving extra money in your wallet for all the other activities happening this month.
First, it seems like a no brainer, but remove any current polish. I would be lying if I said I hadn’t painted over an old shade a time or 2. My favorite nail polish remover is Butter London Powder Room Nail Polish Remover. Whatever you already have on will come right off. Make sure to wash your hands afterward.
Third, push back your cuticles. First soften your cuticles with a oil or lotion, then gently push them back with a cuticle stick. Your cuticles protect your nails from bacteria and keeps them soft, so do your best to avoid cutting them.
Fourth, exfoliate your hands. Use an exfoliating scrub on your hands, wrists, forearms, and a nail brush to get under your nails. make sure to thoroughly wash and dry your hands.
Fifth, moisturize now to avoid smudging later. Give yourself a little hand massage with you moisturize. Just because you aren’t at a salon doesn’t mean you can’t take a minute to relax. Then use nail polish remover to remove lotion from each nail.
Sixth, apply nail polish base coat to hydrate and protect nails, as well as prevent chipping. Nail guru’s recommend waiting 2 minutes between each coat for your longest lasting manicure.
Seventh, the fun part, apply the color!! For shades in this post, I picked 3 of my favorite Jewel Toned Polishes. Butter London British Racing Green, OPI Yoga-Ta Get This Blue, and Essie Sexy Divide. The key to the perfect first coat is making sure you cover the whole nail, that way the second coat is a breeze.
Eighth, After two minutes of drying, apply the second coat. Some colors do require a third coat, but not the shades I listed above.
Ninth, add top coat, both to prevent chipping and add that salon finish shine. My favorite top coat is made by Seche Vite.
Tenth, the grand finale, clean up any rough edges by wrapping a piece of cotton soaked in nail polish remover around your cuticle stick and carefully cleaning up polish around the edges. Then let your nails dry for five minutes and, voila, the perfect at home manicure!!
If you’re like me you’re always in a hurry. Sometimes, especially during the holidays, you just need to slow down and take some time for yourself. I am going to light my Christmas tree candle, turn on Frank Sinatra Holiday on Pandora, and get to nail prepping.
Until Next Week,