You're running late for a hot date or you've got tickets to a concert. You want your nails to look amazing, but don't have the time to do the full-on manicure treatment. Fortunately, it's pretty easy to do a quickie manicure. Here's how:
- Step one: Rinse hands with warm water. Apply an oil-based salt (or sugar) scrub to soften and exfoliate hands and nails. Spend some time working the product into each nail, pushing back cuticles as you go. Rinse again with warm water.
- Step two: Quickly remove any residue and oils from nails twice (trust me) with nail polish remover. Keep pushing back those cuticles.
- Step three: Choose your polish. This is more of a suggestion than a step, but I highly recommend using a medium-to-lighter shade for your speedy manicure, as dark shades aren't as forgiving of errors. Think about using a polish with a built-in base coat or a quick dry formulation. You're in a hurry, folks — this stuff's got to dry.
- Step four: Paint! The optimal way would be the "sandwich" way — base coat, two layers of color, and top coat. This is a five-minute manicure after all, so we've got to cheat a little and do a few short tricks. The best way to paint is in a three motion process: first apply one stroke down the middle of your nail, then blend by painting one stroke on each side.
- For the scrub: Origins Incredible Spreadable Scrub ($26) or make your own at home with a little olive oil, salt or sugar, and essential oils — if you'd like.
- For a quick dry: Maybelline Express Finish Nail Color ($3.99)
- For one with base and top coat built-in: CoverGirl Queen Collection 3 In 1 Step Nail Color ($2.99)
- For use with regular polish: Sephora by OPI Nail Colour Drying Drops ($14)
- For something new: Sally Hansen Color Quick Fast Dry Nail Color Pen ($7.99)
- For a free solution: Dunk your nails in ice cold water to promote the drying process. Brrr.
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