There is something so satisfying about freshly painted nails. They are shiny and perfect and can make anyone look like a movie star. There nothing satisfying, however, about chipped nails. Even for an extremely lazy person like me, somehow my nail polish always ends up chipping and fading so quickly. I’m not entirely sure how that happens, because I spend most of my time watching TV and not doing any physical activities that would cause my nails to chip. I would love to go to a nail salon once a week, but who has time or money for that? Celebrities do, but unfortunately I am not a celebrity (yet). Maybe one day I will become famous for watching every show on Netflix ever, but that day hasn’t come yet.
So what’s a normal, non-famous, lazy girl with chipped nails and zero patience supposed to do? Well, if you’re like me, you want to do the least amount of work in order to get the best manicure. It can be tricky, but not impossible. It’s not easy to get that beautiful fresh-from-the-salon look, but luckily for you, I have found the right tips and tricks to make your lazy girl manicure look like a million bucks, right from the comfort of your home. You’re welcome!
Start With Petroleum JellyThe best part about going to the nail salon is how clean they make your nails look. When I paint my nails at home, it looks like a 3 year old drew all over my fingers with a marker. But here is an easy trick to making sure the nail polish actually stays on your nails: apply petroleum jelly with a cotton swab. This will create a barrier between your skin and the polish, so if you need to wipe off any excess, all you do is clean off the jelly! Image Source: iStock
Use A Base Of Craft Glue For Easy CleanupI love the concept of glitter nail polish, until I actually have to take it off. If you haven't noticed it is quite literally impossible. If you paint your nails with a tiny bit of craft glue first, it will make the removal process much easier. You just peel and your glitter comes off easily. Source
Use A Nail Polish HolderFor me, the hardest part about painting my own nails is trying not to knock over the bottle of nail polish. If you can't tell I'm pretty clumsy. A wearable nail polish holder, like this one from Tweexy, will make it so much easier to do your nails easily and quickly. Plus, you wont have messy nail polish drips all over the floor. You can buy one at Tweexy for $14
Don't Forger A Base CoatIt's a simple solution, but so many people forget to apply a base coat. Using a base coat will make your nail polish look brighter and last longer, which means you won't have to reapply so much. To make the color pop even more, use a white base coat. Image Source: iStock
Wait Two Minutes Between CoatsTo ensure the perfect mani, it's important to wait for each coat to dry before applying another one. This will help prevent smudging and chipping. It will also make your color pop more if you apply two or three coats. Image Source: iStock
Use The Three Stroke MethodIf you notice, when you're at the nail salon, the manicurists all follow the universal three stroke method:start with one stroke in the middle of the nail, one on the right side and one on the left. Image Source: iStock
Use Ice Water To Dry Your Nails InstantlyYou might think blowing on your nails is the easiest way to get them to dry quickly, but that can actually cause bubbles in the polish. If you dunk your freshly painted nails into ice cold water, it will instantly dry up your nails without them bubbling. Image Source: iStock
Have you tried any of these tips? Which ones worked for you? Tell us in the comments!