There are a handful of questions I always get asked in regards to my nail art so I’ve answered them all together. Read on to get answers to some frequently asked questions and get to know a little bit more about my nail routine, favorite products, and tips! And don’t forget to check out the giveaway at the bottom!
When did I get started with nail art?
I’ve kind of always had an interest in nail art. I remember as a youth using toothpicks to create dots on my nails and thinning an old paintbrush to paint a really elaborate multicolored stripe design. I started doing it with regularity circa 2010. I wasn’t very good at first, especially when using my non-dominant hand. With consistent practice, my hands have gotten much steadier and I’ve become much confident with the small movements.
What base and top coat do I use?
I’ve been using OPI Nail Envy as a base and Seche Vite top coat for as long as I can remember. I swear by them. The Nail Envy visibly tightens the curve of my nail as it dries so I know it’s strengthening. The top coat makes every design I do look so crisp and clean, plus it dries in 60 seconds!
How often and when do I do my nails?
I usually do my nails once a week on Saturday or Sunday night after my daughter goes to bed. Occasionally I may do a mid-week polish change if I don’t like the design I did or if it wears a lot quicker than usual. If I’m traveling, I may not get around to doing it on the weekend so I’m extra careful to make them last.
How do I make them last/keep them from chipping?
A good top coat goes a long way! I also recommend reapplying a thin coat ever 2 or 3 days. Just be careful not to get it too thick or it could be prone to chips. I also make sure to wear gloves whenever I’m doing dishes or any other task that could make my nail polish vulnerable.
How do I keep from messing them up while they dry?
I usually like to do a little work on my laptop or phone while my nails dry. For example, I’ll do my nails and then write a blog post or browse Instagram. It keeps me hands busy while keeping them from getting messed up.
What nail polish remover do I recommend?
I absolutely love Julep’s Clean Slate Conditioning Nail Polish Remover. It’s acetone free so it’s very gentle on my nails and cuticles, smells good, and the pump is super handy to use. I’ve been using this pretty exclusively for probably 4 or 5 years and highly recommend it.
What are your favorite nail colors?
I definitely have a handful that I’m always reaching for. As you can see, there is some similarity:
You should do this for a living!
While a super flattering notion, but I’d rather keep my nail art time as a creative outlet, my ‘me’ time. I’m not sure it would be as fun and relaxing if I had to rely on it for my income. I’ll leave that to the professionals!
Well, that about sums it up! I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit more about my nail art. Did I miss one of your burning questions? Leave a comment below!
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