| briany wrote:|
| truequeen06 wrote:|
| Qfab4in wrote:|
any tips for 'clean' cuticles? i like how yall nails look very polished. any tips?
Do you mean not getting polish on your cuticles, or having nice cuticles that aren't peeling etc?
I would be grateful if you could answer for both.
I swear I wrote a long post to answer a while back. I don't know what happened. Let's try this again
Polishing neatly: Honestly, practice makes perfect. I don't start painting right at the cuticle, but I start a few millimeters away and push the polish toward the cuticle a bit and then paint toward the tip. Here's a visual:
After it's all said and done, sometimes you just still get paint on your cuticles. What I do is dip a brush (I use the ELF concealer brush - $1 at target) into acetone and swipe around the cuticles. I don't use cue tips because they can leave lint in my mani and they're also less precise.
Keeping cuticles neat: Keep them moisturized! Keep lotion in your purse, use gloves when cleaning, etc. I soak my fingers (sans polish) in olive oil once a week and this does wonders for keeping my nails and cuticles moisturized. Some people like to use cuticle nippers, but I'm not a fan unless nipping off a hangnail. Cutting the cuticle leads too much room for error and can lead to infection etc if not done right. I do love to use cuticle remover. My personal favorites are the Sally Hansen gel cuticle remover in the blue bottle and Blue Cross (you can find this one at Sally Beauty). They both work well and the Blue Cross also works great to add in with your foot bath water to help get the dead skin off. After you apply the cuticle remover wait a minute or 2 and use an orange stick to push your cuticles back and kind of scrap the gel off. I do this no more than once a week.
Edited by truequeen06 - Apr 18 2013 at 4:01pm