Wednesday, February 15, 2012
1. Wipe your nails down with nail polish remover to take off any old polish and remove oils and dirt from the nails.
2. Buff your nails a bit to smooth them out. I use one of these. You don't need to go crazy, just a few quick swipes on each nail.
3. Wash with soap and water to remove dust. Dry completely (if you use a towel to dry your hands, make sure you don't pick up any lint/fuzz on your nails)
Essie Ridge Filling Base Coat and it seems to be working quite nicely.
Seche Vite. It's smells like the strongest most pungent nail polish ever (i.e. not eco-friendly), but it gives nails a thick yet quick drying shellaced finish.
I suppose you should probably push back and trim your cuticles too, but since I have the horrible habit of picking at my cuticles, this was kind of a moot point for me...
Also, I did start getting very minor chips after the first day, mainly because I think of my nails as tools. To fix I dabbed at the exposed nails with the appropriate nail color until the chips were filled. I let dry for a minute or so and then applied another coat of the Seche Vite. I've been doing this before bed as the top coat dries really fast so I don't have to worry about sheet marks. It is a super quick fix and has prolonged my manicure for an extra 2 days!
(top image from here)