I’ve been painting my nails at home for as long as I can remember. I love getting professional pedicures at a nail salon and won’t ever give those up, but I find my nails chip so quickly when I get a professional manicure (even Shellac) that the price + time commitment simply isn’t worth it.
I’ve shared before that I paint my nails in bed so they can dry while I sleep – and I’ve gotten a ton of questions about how I do this without getting marks or creases on my nails, so I thought I’d put together a post about it + share my favorite summer nail colors!Here’s how I do my nails at home:
- TRIM – I use nail scissors to trim my nails short – I usually do this right after I shower when my nails are softer
- FILE – I file my nails to make them more smooth and uniform (I use these exact ones because you get so many in a pack!)
- PAINT – I usually do 2-3 coats of color and then a quick dry top coat
- DRY – After I finish painting my nails, I usually sit up in bed and watch Instagram stories or work on an IG post for the next day while my nails dry. I usually sleep on my stomach, so after 25-30 minutes, my nails are pretty much dry and I’ll sleep with my arms/hands in front of me, so they don’t touch any bedding or pillows as they continue to “cure.” If you’re getting lines on your nails, try making sure you’re giving them a full 30 minutes to dry before laying down to sleep and use a quick dry topcoat.
OTHER Bikini so teeny – essie
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