4.09.2013

How Not to Paint your Nails the Anti-Tutorial



We've all been entranced by the colorful bottles calling us with their cheeky names and flashy colors. We also all have a nightmare story about a polish job gone bad-- One time I ran out of polish remover and had to go to an interview with only 3 nails painted, classy. I have grown a lot since my three-nail-painted days, essentially I have learned how not to paint my nails.  I have learned how to get the most out of my at home manicure and what my nail weaknesses (both literal and figurative) are and how to deal with them. 

Essie: Butler Please, Turoqise and Cacaos, Cute as a Button, Watermelon 
Sally Hansen: Dies Instantly Top Coat, Hard as Wraps Base Coat, Hard as Nails Strengthener, Cuticle Oil
DYI Ring Holder from my Mom! 

 Top 4 Polishing Mistakes: 
 1. Polishes are fun, Nail care is essential: As much as I wish I could just slap a coat of electric blue (oh I'm sorry Essie Butler, Please) and be on my merry way a good polish job really only works (and lasts) with healthy nails. I make sure my nails get a break in between coats. Even just 12 hours polish free does wonders for the strength of my weak nails. 

2. Cuticle Oil is Liquid Gold: Hi my name is Meg, and I am a cuticle biter. Due to the fact I am a notorious cuticle biter I have finally resolved to the fact that I need to keep my cuticles oiled up. I have noticed the better shape my cuticles are in the longer my polish stays! 

3. Top Coat and Base Coat are Non-Negligible: I must, I must, I must... wear a top and base coat (hum doesn't have quite the same ring as the old sleep over classic). One time a small Vietnamese woman told me not wearing a base coat was like forgetting a bra and not wearing a top coat was like not wearing a shirt (or at least I think that is what she said...). Yes, it is a strange analogy but she is right. No bra and no shirt... well yeah lets just wear those.

4. Patients is a Virtue: Even with the promises that come with every "dry in 30 seconds" we all know that it takes more than 30 seconds for the polish and top coat to really dry. Sit down, relax, enjoy (or die of second hand embarrassment) a episode of Real Housewives and let your nails DRY, like completely. If all else fails you can hold them real close to the TV the housewives have all the hot air you need to really dry those nails. 


For the Record: I have weak, brittle nails that break at the slightest bump and I bite my cuticles. Basically my nails are a mess. For those of you with super strong nails that never break... you suck (just kidding) take these tips with a grain of salt (and a wedge of lime?) remember I am not a professional just a girl learning via pinterest like the rest of yall!

Happy Manicuring! 

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18 comments:

Niki Caron said...

I love your anti-tutorials! I totally agree that nail care is essential! It took me about 30 years to learn that too! Oops!

Jessica @ Lovely Little Things said...

You are the anti-tutorial queeeeen!
Oh and I have to tell you this...after reading about shirts & bras in #3, I thought the title of #4 was "panties is a virtue"...UM YEAH.
Let's blame it on the fact that I haven't had my coffee yet.
Good plan.

LOVE!

Kathleen said...

Brilliant! I'm all about at home manicures! I do my own nails at home all the time and I love having 50 different shades of nail polish (I'm kinda known as the friend with lots of nail polish and I place full blame on Target.) I DO NOT have a steady hand though, after I paint my nails it looks like I dipped my hand in the polish and said, "Voila! A masterpiece!" Yeah not so much! :)

Also, the very first time I went and got a pedicure, the little asian man asked me,"Who paint your toes?" I said "Oh I did!" and he responded with "It look like 4 year do it!". It was hilarious.

K that's the end of my novel! :) Tae care! :) LOVE YA!

put a bow on it [kaitlyn] said...

That powerful acrylic gel is my crack. I'm obsessed with it!

Meg Cady said...

Literally. The smell sometimes helps out the wine buzz I am surely getting while mani-ing :)

Amanda* said...

I bit my cuticles WAYYYY too much. Maybe I need to try this cuticle oil... also, your pictures are always so beautiful. Do you use photoshot?! TEACH ME YOUR WAYS! ;)

Amanda* said...

bite*

Arielle said...

hahaa you had me cracking up! too funny:) I definitely always have to use a base and top coat too!
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Megan said...

This is too funny! I am glad I now know I am not the only one who has thoughts like this..(especially the hair curling one). Thanks for sharing your knowledge :)

Ani Danielle said...

these are such great tips! My nails never seem to last 24 hours before chipping. Definitely need to try these out

xx Ani @ Catch21

Sarah said...

Same girl!! My nails are SO bad and I bite my cuticles allll the time. Drives the husband INSANE.
Im actually going to get shellac tonight and praying I don't mess those up like I do every other manicure.

Meg Cady said...

Seriously I get so mad at myself when I mess up my shellac because of my little habit! I have found that keeping the cuticle oil in my purse and using it when I notice dry cuticles to slather it on there!! You can do it!! Do it for the shellac!

Valerie Griffin said...

love this ;)

Adriana said...

Ok so I know this is about doing your nails (and I totally have to start wearing a bra.. I mean base coat) but I'm pretty sure I pinned the ring holder and I've been going NUTS trying to find a tiny frame!

Darby Hawley said...

I love these anti-tutorials!!! This is such a pretty tray of nail care....I think I need to work on my nails before you see them again. They're U-G-L-Y!

Meg Cady said...

I just talked to my mom (the one who made the frame) she got a bunch at michaels and some at kohls!! I LOVE mine. She also used a clear
3M hook in the glass instead of the pin she saw in the original project!

Whitney said...

Oops... I may or may not do the top/base coat. Maybe I should do that...

Adriana said...

FYI if you look at your search terms I just used a winning one. haha