There’s no better feeling than getting your nails done. It’s the icing on the cake to your perfect look and honestly, shiny or matte polish just gives you a better quality of life (so we think.) When you’re on the go as an entrepreneur like Vashtie, you have two options: you can visit our girl Naomi Yasuda who’s “nail job” never fails or you can do a little dazzle of your own at home. For those who just can’t make it out to the nail salon bi-weekly, the Vashtie.com team is here to give you four quick steps to a simple and long lasting mani or pedi to give you a polished look throughout the week:
Clean and cut
It’s best to start on clean and polish free nails. To start, use an non-acetone based nail polish remover to remove any old polish, designs, glitter, or whatever “cute” design your friend told you matched your outfit when she treated you to the salon last week. It has to go. Once the polish is removed, you can begin to use clippers or a file to cut and shape your nails into your desired shape. You can go as simple as round or square (Vashtie’s are usually round) or go as dramatic as a long almond shape. We’re not judging. Once shaped, smooth out your nails with a buffing block.
Soak + Exfoliate
Grab a bowl and fill it with warm water to soak in. Soaking will make your cuticles soften up and ready to care for. Soak for about three minutes and them grab your favorite sugar scrub to scrub away any dead or dry skin and cells floating. A scrub will leave your skin feeling soft, regardless if you mess up your polish in the next step. Rinse off the scrub and pat dry.
This is the most important part: cuticle care. Grab some oil, preferably Vitamin E, and rub them on your cuticles so they are nice and soft. Grab an cuticle remover stick to push them back and get a nice shape. You can also remove any dirt under the nail with this tool allowing a flawless look. Rinse and pat dry.
We lied, this is the most important part. The polish. You are able to go with either a gel polish or a regular one depending on your maintenance. Regular polish will chip quickly during your work week, but it is a flexible alternative for when it comes to designs. Use a base coat on your nails first. This allows a clean and true show of the polish color and also will protect your nails from being stained from polish. Apply two coats of your desired polish along with a clear top coat and allow drying time in between each coat.