How To Heal Cracked Heels & Repair Dry Skin With Electric Nail File

How To Heal Cracked Heels & Repair Dry Skin With Electric Nail File

Polished piggies and a relaxing massage are two motivators to book a pedicure, but techs can use a third angle to get new clients in their chairs — and this one is packed with potential for an upsell. Dry, ragged heels make no distinction between gender or age, which means nearly every client will benefit from scheduling a pedi appointment to soften up their rough edges.

In the earliest stages, dry heels are unsightly but left untreated, and they have the potential to become painful as neglected skin begins to harden and crack. “It can become a real problem,” says Lisa Klemeyer, DPM, a podiatrist at Aesthetic and Family Podiatry Center in Sarasota, Fla. “I’ve seen heels that have broken open and become infected. Unless the problem is a result of a skin condition, cracked, compromised heels can be avoided with regular maintenance.”

That’s good news for nail and foot care techs! Below, we’ll give you five recommended treatments to help heal your clients’ heels. Each of the suggestions functions as an add-on to a regular pedicure service, so be sure to schedule appropriately and inform the client you’re providing a heel-focused step within the service so she understands the difference in the price.

Market these heel services intentionally: Promote them on Facebook, put signs around the salon, and pass out promo cards. Heel care is a great hook to attract both male and female clients. Along with heel-focused care in the salon, offer clients remedies for home use. This can include traditional items, such as body butter, oils, and lotions, and can extend to socks to wear overnight and files, buffers, pumice stones, etc., to keep dry skin at bay.

Slough and Scrub

A typical pedicure includes a “gentle exfoliation,” but this slough and scrub are more intense than that. This add-on should take about ten additional minutes and requires the nail tech to apply sloughing lotion to the heels and follow with a buff using a coarse file or pumice stone.

Sloughing lotion has a satisfying effect because it appears as though tons of dead skin is being removed from the dry area. The truth is some dead skin is coming off, but some of the debris is simply the lotion itself. Either way, it’s an effective way to soften skin and remove dead cells. Some sloughing products are applied as a standard lotion; others as a foam or gel. You can even choose some with fine grit to enhance exfoliation. Once the cream has been completely sloughed away, use a file or pumice to finish the job. Because the active ingredients of the sloughing lotion are still present on the surface of the skin, it will be easier to remove the stubborn patches that remain. Follow with a hydrating body lotion that contains shea or cocoa butter.

Why it works: Ingredients like fruit extracts, citric acids, or other exfoliating agents work in tandem with moisturizing ingredients, such as paraffin, to remove rough skin and moisturize what remains.

Clay Mask

A clay mask will do two things: First, it will keep the hydrating, softening ingredients on the skin for up to 10 minutes. Second, many covers rely on heat, which activates the ingredients to work better.

After you’ve buffed the heel area, apply the mask over the entire foot, then cover and seal using a plastic bootie. Apply heat by wrapping the feet in warm towels (wet or dry). Follow manufacturer’s instructions for length of time to leave it on the skin. Remove the mask, pumice the rough spots that remain, and finish with a light oil that absorbs without leaving the feet greasy, such as moringa oil, jojoba, or argan oil, which contain antioxidants that can help rebuild that dry, damaged skin.

Why it works: Clay can grab the dirt and grime in the cracks of dry skin and pull it away to be washed off. Additionally, the properties of clay allow the skin to absorb all the luscious moisturizing oils within the mask, including exotic ones such as sage or geranium oil.


This step is the granddaddy of callus treatments. It’s for clients who have heels that look like cracked concrete. The benefit is that a peel delivers amazing results. The drawback is it takes five to seven days to realize them. A client won’t see the results during the scheduled time of her appointment.

A tech can offer a peel in one of two ways: as a service in the salon or as a retail item with directions to complete the peel at home. Some peels require only a 15-20 minute soak time, which means a tech could apply them in the salon by adding that amount of time to the service. Others need a full hour for the peel to rest on the skin, motivating techs to sell it to clients to use at home. Either way works; but, if possible, leave the decision to the client. For those who want the tech to deliver, let them know they should schedule a time when they can come to the salon for an hour to soak. When they come in, set them up in a seat that doesn’t have the potential to generate money. (In other words, don’t put them in at your mani desk or in a pedicure chair if it might prevent you from seeing other clients during that time.) Wrap your client’s feet in warm towels for 10 minutes to soften the skin, then follow the manufacturer’s instructions for applying the peel. Provide your client with refreshment to relax with, and let her soak for the required time. Remove the mask and wash the feet to cleanse the peel from the skin. Schedule a pedicure for seven to 10 days following the peel to remove loose skin and buff remaining dry patches. Retail items for this client could include tea tree oil, which she would apply daily to help heal the surface, and also a file or pumice stone to stay on top of dry skin.

Why it works: Ingredients in peels work to soften dead skin cells and break down the molecular bonds that hold the dry cells together so the skin will shed. Other ingredients moisturize the skin that remains. There is no need to choose a harsh chemical peel that will be too aggressive on the surface of the foot. Natural peels are available that use extracts to achieve extraordinary results.

Electric File

Sometimes old-school solutions are still the best way to go. Just as sandpaper smoothes the jagged edge of a cut glass or the frayed edge of a piece of wood, an electric file can make rough surfaces smooth. This method works best on heels that have hardened, cracked skin. It’s also more effective to use an electronic file on dry skin, so lead with this step rather than with the soak of a traditional pedicure. (You’ll still need to disinfect the feet and wash the feet with soap and a warm, wet towel.)

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Choose an abrasive grit for the sanding band that is appropriate to the degree of dryness and cracks on your client’s skin. You may want to start with one grit and then switch to a lighter band once the heavy work is done. An electronic file has immediate and impressive results. Be sure to explain to your client what she can expect when the file spins across the skin. Finish by buffing the skin and follow with a soak and the remainder of the pedicure.

Why it works:  Sometimes, dry, dead skin needs to be removed, not just softened. A microblade may be effective in the hands of an experienced tech, but it can cause cuts and abrasions on skin that is already damaged; plus, many states prohibit their use. An electronic file allows techs to remove rough, stubborn areas without all the muscle required for a rasp. It’s a safe, effective option to remove the dead cells using various degrees of abrasion.


Clients often opt for paraffin for the heat. Its healing properties work wonders for reducing pain in joints and sore muscles. Paraffin is also highly effective at healing dry skin. “It’s my number one choice for helping my clients with dry heels,” says Dr. Klemeyer. Professional-grade paraffin wax may contain essential oils that provide additional support to restore skin, such as eucalyptus, rosemary, and peppermint. For this reason, perform the entire pedicure first, ending with the paraffin soak. Remove residual oil from the toenails before applying polish.

Why it works: Paraffin is a by-product of petroleum, and for that reason, some people shy away from its use. However, paraffin effectively provides relief from rough heels because the moisturizing properties of the emollient remain on the surface of the skin even after the wax is removed.

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Gel Nail Polish Tips & How To

Thinking of doing it yourself gel manicure at home and not sure what products to use and how to apply it? Great, because I’d like to show you the how-to and tips for doing gel polish at home.

Doing Gel Polish at Home? Really?

Gelish Gel Polish

The idea of getting your gel nail polish done at home is very reasonable since applying gel nail polish is getting way easier now and it will save you money in the long run.

No more electric drill or strong-odour chemical because gel polish nowadays is just like regular nail polish in the regular bottle without the painstaking steps. There are tons of brands of gel nail polishes to choose from. Esther’s Nail Center offers just the popular ones such as CND Shellac, Gelish, Daisy DND Gel, etc.

Shellac or Gel Polish?

The first thing people usually ask is which brands of gel polish I should choose. In my opinion for doing gel nail polish at home, each brand has its own pro and contra. CND Shellac requires no buffing on nails (so it’s more gentle) but costs more. Gel polish, such as Gelish or Daisy DND, have a lot more colours to choose from and certainly more affordable. But there is more buffing process involved in the application and removal process so it’s rather harsh for the nail. CND Shellac tends to stay for 14 days or more on nails. Compare that to Gelish that stays up to 21 days.

One best way to find out is to try them out. You may go to a salon and see what and how the nail technician does your nails. Then see which one stays longer on your nails as everyone has different nail condition. Some people have a better application with one brand while not on the others.

Gel Nail Polish at Home Step-by-step

What You Need

Gelish Gel Polish System

Basically, what you need for doing gel nail polish at home are listed below. It’s recommended to use gel polish as a system to ensure the optimum result.

  1. Gel base coat such as Gelish Foundation Base Gel
  2. Gel top coat such as Gelish Top It Off
  3. Nail cleansers such as CND Scrubfresh or Gelish Cleanser (blue liquid)
  4. Gel nail polish such as Gelish Soak-off Polish or Daisy Gel Nail Polish
  5. UV light 36-watt or LED Lamp
  6. Nail bonder such as Gelish phBond
  7. Gelish Structure Gel – optional, only if you have weak and peeling nails
  8. Cuticle Oil – important to use it daily
  9. Lint-free nail wipes or Cotton ball
  10. Fine nail buffer block – Gelish recommend using 100/180 nail buffer but we like to use a fine nail buffer because it’s less coarse so less harsh to the nails.

To make things easier, you may purchase a Gelish Starter Kit that includes nearly all products above (except structure gel, cuticle oil and nail wipes). This kit is a great choice for everyone who wishes to do gel nail polish at home.


  1. Prepare nails by cleaning the nails or removing old nail polish.
  2. Push back the cuticle and clean the surrounding nail plate.
  3. Shape the nails with 180/240 grit nail file.
  4. Buff nail lightly with nail buffer block.
  5. Remove the dust and wipe the nail with Nail Cleanser using a lint-free wipe.
  6. (Optional) Apply a coat of nail bonder. Wait until it dries. Why nail bonder? Read the tips below.
  7. Apply Gel Polish Base Coat in a very thin application and seal the edges of the nails. The key to successful application is to apply in a very thin layer. Make sure the gel doesn’t touch the cuticle. If it does you can wipe it off later with a wood cuticle stick.
  8. Cure (by placing all fingers) in the UV Lamp for 1 minute or LED lamp for 30 seconds.
  9. Apply Gel Polish Color in a very thin application from cuticle to free edge. Be sure to seal the edges.
  10. Place hand in a UV light for 3 minutes for dark colours or 2 minutes for light colours. Or 30 seconds for the LED lamp.
  11. To even the coverage, repeat step 9 & 10 as necessary.
  12. Apply a thin coat of  Gel Polish Top Coat from cuticle to free edge.
  13. Place hand in UV Lamp for 2 minutes or 30 seconds for LED light.
  14. Wipe off the tacky surface with nail cleaner and lint-free nail wipes.
  15. Massage cuticle oil to the skin surrounding the nail.

Check out these video tutorials on Gelish application.

Tips for Applying Gel Polish at Home

  • Shake, shake, shake your polish before application to make sure it mixes well. A good shake to make your application easier. Invest in a good nail polish shaker.
  • The purpose of applying nail bonder is to ensure optimal performance by increasing the bonding between natural nails and gel polish. If you feel that your application doesn’t last as long as it should be, try using a nail bonder.
  • Get yourself a nice and handy cuticle oil, like CND Solar Oil or Gelish Nourish, because you often need to keep the nails moisturized as using gel polish can be dehydrating.
  • Any brand of 36-watt UV Lamp or LED light works. The professional LED light that can cure 5 fingers at the same time is preferable.  With UV Lamp you have to change the bulbs regularly and takes more time to cure. With an LED lamp, you don’t need to change the bulbs, it last longer and cures in a shorter amount of time.
  • If you are concerned with UV Light exposure you can apply sunblock on hands or wear the UV Lamp fingerless gloves before application.
  • If you find out that your gel polish is thick, use gel polish thinner before application. This is a recommended product to save your gel polish life.

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Step-by-Step Guide For Applying Gelish Gel Polish

Step-by-Step Guide For Applying Gelish Gel Polish

My fingernails are naturally pretty strong and grow long, so I like to keep them polished and looking nice. Gel nail polish is one of the greatest inventions ever… no more chipping and peeling after just a couple of days.  Gel polish typically lasts about 2 weeks, and it stays super shiny like it was just applied.  It protects your nails and makes them stronger, preventing them from breaking or ripping.  And one of the best advantages is that it dries instantly after curing in an LED or UV lamp, so you can immediately get back to work without having to worry about messing up your polish.

I was getting gel manicures at my local salon every couple of weeks, but it was an expensive habit to maintain.  After watching the professionals at the salon do my nails so many times, I thought I would try to do it myself from home.  I did some research on the different brands of gel polish and decided that Gelish was the best option for me.  It was easily accessible on and cheaper than most of the alternatives.  Gelish also has a pretty big selection of colours to choose from.  I purchased all of the equipment that I needed to get started for about $150, which is the equivalent of about 4 manicures at the salon.  Now I do my own gel manicures from home, as well as for a few family members and friends.

People always ask me;

  1. Are your nails real? – Yes
  2. Do you do them yourself? – Yes
  3. Is it hard to do? – No! It’s actually pretty easy.

Below is a step-by-step guide to applying Gelish nail polish.

  1. Trim and file the nails to the desired length and shape.
  2. Push the cuticles back with an orange stick or cuticle pusher.
  3. Lightly buff the surface of each nail with a block buffer.
  4. Cleanse the nails with Gelish Nail Cleanser and a lint-free wipe OR using sterile alcohol wipes.  It’s important to ensure your nails are completely oil-free!
  5. Apply Gelish PH bond to your nails.
  6. Apply a coat of Gelish Foundation to each of your nails.
  7. Cure the Foundation gel in your LED or UV lamp (read more about lamps here).
  8. Optional: Apply Gelish Structure Gel and cure.  (read more about Gelish Structure gel here)
  9. Apply the first coat of the Gelish colour polish of your choice.
  10. Cure the polish in your LED or UV lamp (read more about lamps here).
  11. Apply a second coat of Gelish colour polish.
  12. Cure the polish in your LED or UV lamp (read more about lamps here).
  13. Apply a thin coat of Gelish Top It Off to your nails.
  14. Cure the top coat in your LED or UV lamp (read more about lamps here).
  15. Wipe your nails off with the Gelish Nail Cleanser or sterile alcohol wipes.  (This removes the tackiness).

A few tips:

  1. If you get polish on your cuticle or skin, remove it with a brush dipped in alcohol or nail cleanser BEFORE curing your nails under the light.  If you allow the polish on your cuticles to harden it will likely cause the polish to peel or chip.  Try to keep the polish on the surface of the nail only.
  2. If you mess up it’s super easy to fix as long as you do it before curing.  Just wipe the layer of polish off with your nail cleanser or alcohol (use a lint-free pad or paper towel), then just re-apply the layer.
  3. Cure time:  Typically gel polish cures with an LED lamp in just 30 seconds, or 2 minutes with a UV lamp.  Read the label on your polish for curing times.
  4. You can repeat steps 11 and 12 to add additional layers of colour if you prefer.  To spice things up, try adding a glitter topper like Vegas Nights.

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How To Apply False Eyelashes in 5 Easy Steps

How To Apply False Eyelashes in 5 Easy Steps

One of our secret tricks for looking majorly glam is popping on a pair of fake lashes. From strips to flares, there’s a version for every look you’ll rock this month. Admittedly, gluing those suckers in place can be a teensy bit stressful (we may or may not have fixed our eyes shut a few times). So, we asked expert makeup artists to spill their best lash application tips. Read on to learn how to apply false eyelashes like a pro, plus 13 tips to keep your falsies looking fresh!

How to Apply False Eyelashes Step by Step

1. Prep Lashes

After completing your eyeshadow and eyeliner application of choice, curl your lashes and apply a coat of mascara. Try the Kevyn Aucoin Beauty Eyelash Curler and the Laura Mercier Faux Lash Mascara.
After completing your eyeshadow and eyeliner application of choice curl your lashes and apply a coat of mascara. Try...

2. Apply Glue to the Eyelash

Using a tweezer, hold the lashes and dab on a thin line of glue to the lash band with a Q-Tip. A dark paste will blend into your eyeliner better but worry not: The standard-issue white stuff will dry clear. Duo Eyelash Adhesive comes in black and clear.
Using a tweezer hold the lashes and dab on a thin line of glue to the lash band with a QTip. A dark glue will blend into...

3. Wait for the Glue to Dry Slightly

This is a game changer: Let the glue dry for about 30 seconds. It’ll make the lashes less likely to slide around when you apply.
This is a game changer Let the glue dry for about 30 seconds. It'll make the lashes less likely to slide around when you...

4. Adhere the Strip to Your Lash Line

Using the tweezers again, put the lashes in place right where your eyeliner is and press them into the lash line. Sephora False Eye Lashes in Showstopper are full and long.
Using the tweezers again put the lashes in place right where your eyeliner is and press them into the lash line. ...

5. Hide Seams

Extra eyeliner and another coat of mascara with tie it all together, filling in any little gaps. Voilà: That’s the last step in how to put on false eyelashes!
Extra eyeliner and another coat of mascara with tie it all together filling in any little gaps. Make Up For Ever Aqua...
Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes liner would work well for this.

False Eyelash DOs and DON’Ts

Now that you’ve got the basics down, here are 13 extra makeup artist-approved dos and don’ts!

Do Experiment with Different Pairs of False Lashes

When it comes to false lashes, one size doesn’t fit all. It would be AMAZING if every single pair of lashes was perfectly customized for you. But unfortunately, that’s usually not the case, and you’re gonna have to bust out the scissors. “Start by measuring the lash,” says celeb makeup artist Ricky Wilson. Lay it down above your real lashes (without glue!) and then open your eye. This will give you an idea of how the lash will sit and how much to snip away. Trimming makes them more comfortable to wear and prevents them from popping up.”

Do Try Using Halfsies

Who says you have to use the whole strip? Nobody! In fact, makeup artist and YouTuber Bailey Sarian suggests cutting the lash in half and applying it to just the outer ecorners of your eye. “It creates a cool cat eye effect,” she explains. We love pairing this with some winged liner!

Do Pay Attention the Width of the Band

“We usually buy lashes depending on length and volume. But, something else to look out for is a thin band. This is so important when it comes to wear,” Ricky explains. “The thicker the band, the easier it lifts up! I tend to use invisible band lashes whenever possible. If I’m working with a thicker band, I use extra lash glue to make sure it doesn’t budge.”

Do Make the Band Curvy

Shaping the band of your lash strip is key. “I like to remove the lashes from their packaging and wrap them around the handle of a medium eyeshadow brush,” says Ricky. (The glue that holds them in their tray will help them stick to the brush!) “This helps to reshape the lash so it will hug the curve of your eyelids, making it easier to apply.”

Don’t Apply Too Much Glue

With eyelash glue, less is always more. When you’re working with glue, you definitely want to avoid a sticky situation. Ricky prefers black glue since it blends right into the lashes. “Never squeeze the glue from the tube directly onto the lash base,” he cautions. “I put a drop of glue on the middle of a Q-tip and drag the lash through it. This adds just the right amount.” Using too much glue always results in a mess, so make sure you follow this tip.

Do Give the Eyelash Glue time to Dry

Don’t forget to let your eyelash glue set. “It’s important to wave the lash around for a bit after adding the glue,” says Ricky. “This lets the formula dry enough to become tacky, preventing you from getting glue all over the place.” Bailey also waits about 30 seconds after adding glue to her lash strips before applying. “Letting that glue set a little helps it really grip when you place it down,” she explains.

Don’t Apply Lashes Before Eyeshadow and Eye Liner

Adding eyelashes should be one of the last steps in your makeup routine. “I always do lashes after shadow and eye liner,” says Ricky. “If you do them first, you might end up with eyeshadow fallout on top of them. Sometimes, I add a little liquid liner to conceal the lash and finish the makeup.”

Do (or Don’t) Add Mascara After Applying Lashes

Adding mascara on top of false eyelashes is up to you. Adding a touch of mascara to the fake lashes will help blend them with your real lashes. But, doing so will limit the use of the pair to one or two times. (It’s not safe to keep reusing mascara-ed up falsies more than twice because bacteria can build up — gross!)

Do Add in Individual False Lashes

“Individual lashes tend to look more natural. Strips are so much fun and can really glam up the eye, so I tend to use them when creating a smoky or graphic liner look,” Ricky explains.

Do Re-Curl Post-False Eyelash Application

Another trick to make the false eyelashes blend seamlessly with your own is to curl them after application, even if you already curled them before you applied them.

Don’t Glue Your Eyelids Shut

This one sounds like a no-brainer, but there’s an easy hack to keeping glue away from your waterline. “Always keep your eyes open when applying,” says Bailey. She suggests holding a hand mirror below your eyes, which will make it easier to see your lash line while looking straight ahead.

Do Use Eyeliner as a Guide

We love this pro-tip for how to put on fake eyelashes: If you’re struggling with where to place your lashes, Ricky suggests tracing black pencil along the lash line. This will act as an exact guide for where you should place your lashes. Easy peezy!

Do Trim Eyelash Strips to Find the Right Length for You

If your pair of false lashes is overwhelming your eyes, feel free to trim the eyelash strip to a shorter length before you apply it. You can also trim individual lashes within the strip to different lengths for a more natural look false eyelash strip. (Just don’t try this after you’ve applied the eyelashes, as you’ll end up trimming your own, too!).

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Material Girl Nail Art With Forever Fabulous Polish By Morgan Taylor

Material Girl Nail Art With Forever Fabulous Polish By Morgan Taylor

How to apply Material Girl Nail Art (Marilyn Monroe Nail Art)MATERIAL GIRL 3 Colors Forever Fabulous Nail Polish

The Forever Fabulous Nail Polish By Morgan Taylor Required Colors to get the exact nail art in the picture

Material Girl Nail Art Step By Step

Nail Prep

After prepping nails, apply a thin coat of STICK WITH IT base coat

  • STEP 1 Apply a thin coat of ARCTIC FREEZE onto the entire nail making sure to cap the free edge. Apply a second coat for full coverage.
  • STEP 2 Using a MINI STRIPER BRUSH and A KISS FROM MARILYN, paint lips near the cuticle.
  • STEP 3 With WISH UPON A STARLET and the Mini Striper Brush, add dimension on the lips.
  • STEP 4 Using the Mini Striper Brush and ARCTIC FREEZE, paint additional details on the lips.
  • STEP 5 With A Kiss From Marilyn and the Mini Striper Brush, paint a lipstick near the free edge. Using the Mini Striper Brush and ICE OR NO DICE, create the A-shell under the lipstick.
  • STEP 6 Using BLACK SHADOW and the Mini Striper Brush, paint the base to complete the lipstick. With the Mini Striper Brush and Arctic Freeze, paint details on the lipstick.
  • STEP 7 Using a DOTTING TOOL and BLUE-EYED BEAUTY, add dots around the lips and lipstick. Finish with NEED FOR SPEED top coat.

How To Apply A Perfect CND Vinylux Polish

How to give yourself a Vinylux manicure

Beauty therapist and mani-queen Jocelyn Petroni have finessed the fingers of some seriously big names (including Miranda Kerr and Bambi Norwood-Blythe) in her Woollahra salon. Her top pick for perfect nails that last? Vinylux. This “weekly polish” is by CND, the creators of Shellac and gives many of the benefits of a gel mani, without the need for UV lights and long, arduous removal techniques. Here she gives us the rundown on how to give yourself a flawless, last-the-distance mani. Just in time for the weekend.

Step 1: After removing any existing polish, file nails down to desired length and shape. (Opt for a short soft-square shape for stronger nails and longer lasting polish) follow with cuticle remover cream massaged into to the nail bed.

Step 2: Soak fingers in lukewarm water for one minute to soften cuticles. You can add a drop of peppermint or tea tree oil to the water to purify and refresh. Use a cuticle pusher or orange stick to gently push your cuticles down.

Step 3: Massage a cuticle balm or oil into your each of your nails, let it soak in for a few minutes to hydrate nails before you begin. Then wash hands with soap and water and dry well.

Step 4: Wipe the nail plate super clean with CND Scrubfresh or acetone nail polish remover to remove the oil, as well as natural oil from the nail plate. Using a cotton pad soaked in acetone nail polish remover or CND Scrubfresh actually ‘scrub’ the nail and push it right around to the cuticles and under the free edge. This is really important as it will help the polish to anchor better to your nail.

Step 5: Skip the basecoat. Yep! Skip it. Vinylux contains adhesion promoters in the colour coat so you can go straight to colour. For the perfect pale pastel pink, Jocelyn did a base coat of Studio White and followed with Romantique. Paint it on with long strokes, starting at the left edge of the nail and keeping a millimetre away from the cuticles so it doesn’t flood. Do another stroke on the right of the nail then finish in the middle to smooth it all over. Use your thumbnail to clean up any smudges around the cuticles.

Step 6: Apply a second layer of same colour or to create a different shade as we did, layer on a second colour. Once we’ve added Romantique it becomes the perfect creamy colour (think OPI’s original Bubble Bath). The white base gives it a little more depth and opacity. With Vinylux always paint in thin layers and spread the polish fast.

Step 7: Apply the Vinylux Weekly Top Coat to set it. It will dry pretty quickly and apparently it actually toughens when exposed to natural light (no need for a UV light). We don’t know about that but it definitely did last longer than normal polish.

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