Maybe it’s because I’m anxiously awaiting my boyfriend of 4 1/2 years to propose, or maybe it’s just one of my many OCD’s, but lately, I like to have my nails manicured at all times.
Every so often I’ll treat myself to a manicure, but I don’t always have time or money for that. So I found a way to keep my nails looking nice, quickly, easily and on the cheap (admittedly, I sometimes do this at my desk at work.)
You’ll need 10 minutes and the following supplies: a nail file that has a buffer on one side, hand cream, a cuticle pusher, a nail clipper, a neutral sheer nail polish (Essie “ballet slippers” is a personal fave), a quick dry top coat, a cotton ball, a cotton swab and nail polish remover.
Here’s how to give yourself a Practically Spoiled 10 Minute Mani:
Step one: Remove old polish.
Step two: File your nails to the desired shape. Personally, I like mine squared off. Then buff them, so they aren’t sharp or jagged.
Step three: Wash your hands then apply hand cream.
Step four: Use the cuticle pusher. Your cuticles will be soft after washing your hands and using the cream. (note: If you have a lot of cuticle pushed back, you may need to nip off the excess.)
Step five: Dip the cotton swab into nail polish remover and rub on each nail to remove any oils from the cream and cuticle residue that may be on them. Don’t forget to swipe under the tips of your nails where cream could be hiding.
Step six: Polish your nails, one coat only. One coat allows it to dry quickly, yet provides color and a “polished” look (all puns intended.) The neutral polish is also good for those (like me) with an unsteady hand. It’s quite forgiving of mistakes. Follow up with a quick dry top coat.
Step seven: Let dry for about 3 minutes, then go on with your day! Your nails should be dry to a light touch by then. (Tip: Run nails under cold water to help set the polish further.)