Finally! (AKA The nail procedure post Part 1)

March 31, 2010 at 3:13 am (Uncategorized) (, )

An official first post! I am sorry for my delay in posts, but I forgot for a while what my blog name was. XD

Anyway! My first post, and what I was planning, was to show you all my nekkids. That is, my naked, unpolished nails. I hope to take a similar photo in about 6 months to see the difference in my nails, if there’s any at all. I will also detail in this post what I do to my nails and the products I use. First! My nails…

This image is pretty much accurate. There is yellowing on my nails due to a polish I used a few months ago. I had just started to paint my nails again and I was admittedly very new to the polish world despite loving polishing my nails for years. I used a Maybelline in Seashore Darling, which is a beautiful pink-coral opaque glimmer. I hadn’t used a basecoat and it stained my nails horribly. >< It’s nearly gone but not quite!

That brings me to my current nail care routine. It seems very intense to people who don’t regularly do their nails, however it’s important to remember I usually space treatments out. I paint my nails anywhere from 1-3 times a week depending on my mood. Just keep that in mind. 🙂 This will be part 1, and I will update with part 2 soon.

Step 1: Remove all traces of other polish. I prefer to just use 100% acetone and get it over with. Some people like to switch between 100% acetone and regular, nourishing acetone. In my opinion, since I will be putting cuticle cream on my cuticles (obviously) and a nourishing basecoat in just a few minutes, I don’t feel it matters. Plus 100% acetone is so much more effective and faster. I usually use cotton pads to remove my polish. They don’t leave as many fibers as cotton balls.

Step 2: Basecoats! Basecoats, if you get serious about polish, are a must. They protect your nails pre-polish and during polish. I wear a basecoat at all times, no matter what. First, I use NailTek II. It’s a regular clear basecoat that strengthens your nails. On top of that, I use NailTek Foundation II Ridgefiller. This is awesome because it fills ridges in your nails, hydrates your nails, and dries to a matte finish. This means that this basecoat is essentially undetectable by just looking. I wear it to work and have no problems. It doesn’t chip off usually so there’s nothing to worry about and my nails stay very protected.

Step 3: Color. I think this explains itself. I usually always do at least two thin coats no matter what. I refuse to do more than 4. That’s silly. However, this does bring to light sheer colors. I usually dislike sheers and will typically swap them away because I don’t see the point, personally. I know some people love sheers! Not me. However! In some cases, sheers are necessary in my collection (I’m looking at you, China Glaze Atlantis…), and for that I HATE having visible nail line (or VNL from here on out). That is to say, the white line on your nail. I have been on the search for the perfect opaque nude to use under my sheer polishes and have come up with this solution:

Take any clear polish. Take a concealer in pigment/powder form that matches your skin. Put the powder into the polish and shake well. Voila! It’s easy and inexpensive usually, especially if you’re like me and just had these randomly lying around collecting dust. It’s simple and makes a huge difference in the look of your polish.

Step 4: Topcoat! No, not Top Gun. Topcoat! It’s essential in any polish look that you want to add shine and lasting finish to. I use Seche Vite, which is a very fast drying top coat. I also use Sally Hansen Clear’d for Takeoff, which isn’t super fast drying, but does add shine. Seche Vite is probably the best all-around topcoat, however it has a classic problem of getting too thick and also can shrink your polish, causing it to seem to move away from the edge of your nails. Thinner usually corrects this, and I’ll go over this in another post. I have used about half a dozen topcoats and have found SV works best for me. When I apply SV, I usually paint my nails on one hand, and by the time I am done painting my pinky on that hand, I am ready to apply Seche to my thumb and on. I find putting the Seche on right away like this makes it last much longer.

This concludes part 1! I will update in a few days with part 2 that will likely include the products I use before and after polish. Stay tuned!

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