When your unpainted nails look sad and you don’t have time for a full mani, applying a cuticle oil or a natural, odourless base oil such as almond, coconut, macadamia or jojoba can moisturise dry skin and give your manicure a second wind.
We are obsessed with the high-shine, reflective chrome nail trend, and this is a look you can easily while waiting for your topcoat to dry. Apply a long-lasting topcoat, then four minutes later while it’s still tacky, apply a chrome or holographic nail powder using a foam eye shadow applicator. Dry, and then finish with another layer of topcoat.
Similarly, adding small pearls, gems, or accents is relatively easy, and you do not need to be very savvy with the paint brush. We recommend using nail glue first to secure the stone, then capping it on top—along with a topcoat over that—to ensure it doesn’t get caught in hair.
We recommend avoiding toenails where possible, as the wearing of closed-toe shoes could risk the smudging of nail powder and gemstones.
3. If you’re in a rush, pick a sheer shade.
In a rush? Choose a sheer shade that is similar to your own nail colour's because it’s dummy-proof. Be sure to take it off within 2 days however if not protecting your nails with a base coat. And if you’re going with full-on colour, make sure to stick to the basics: a base, two coats of polish, and a topcoat. Otherwise, you’re opening your quick job to ever faster chips and peels.
Lay down the tape in the shape you want to ‘cut out’ of your nail colour, then apply a base coat and two coats of polish around the tape. When you peel it off once nails are fully dry (this is very important!), you’re left with an artistic negative-space manicure.