I am so excited to be sharing my nail care routine! For years I have been getting my nails done with acrylic, this has ruined my nails by making them weak. A few months ago I decided to start saving some money by doing my own nails, boy did I learn that it was a hassle! Of course getting them done is so much more convenient but I was determined to start taking better care of them. Today I’ll be sharing my tips and tricks for soft hands and strong nails. I begin my removing any access nail polish with Sephora’s Instant Nail Polish Remover. I’m obsessed with this because I don’t have to get a cotton ball and soak it in acetone, but instead just dip my finger directly inside this bottle that is pre-moistened with pleated foam.
Moving on to nail filing, I love using an acrylic nail file because it doesn’t cause chipping and peeling like others. They’re gentle and soft, make sure when filing to always file in one direction. I use this one from Sephora’s collection, it comes with a small case so you can take it anywhere on the go!
Next, cuticle care, this plays an important roll in healthy nails. I love Deborah Lippmann’s cuticle lab kit, it has everything you need for the perfect cuticles! It has everything you need for healthy cuticles. It comes with a cuticle remover that gently loosens any dry or dead cuticles. A dual-end cuticle pusher that does exactly what its made to do – push cuticles. hah! This step is important because you want to make sure your cuticles are all in line for a neat appearance before putting nail polish. Cuticle oil, this one is made of coconut oil and vitamin E to help soften and heal dry cuticles. And finally the cure, a nourishing cuticle repair cream that protects cuticles.
Have your nails ever been stained yellow from nail polish? First try lightly buffing them, I use Deborah Lippmann’s Smooth Operator Buffer to shape, smooth, buff, and shine them. Buffing helps for even polish application. The shine side is perfect because even if I don’t want to paint my nails, they still look great after I use the shine side of the buffer keeping them looking healthy.
To prevent staining and breaking, always use a base coat and a top coat. I use Nails Inc. Base Coat and Nails Inc. Top Coat to protect my nails. If you’re just starting out, make sure you have something handy to wipe away any mistakes, I sometimes use my thumb nail or this Sephora Precision Nail Polish Corrector Pen.
Thank you so much for reading! Let me know what you do to prep and treat your nails!