(Closed) Perfect manicure at home! Tips??

posted 4 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
774 posts
Busy bee

tm6173:  Okay I have finally figured out what causes the little bubbles on the nails. You probably aren’t letting them dry long enough between coats. Let the base coat dry completely before you do a second coat of color or a top coat and that should take care of the bubbles. 

As far as smudges etc. goes, I just switched to the gel polishes that do not require any light. The Sally Hansen Miracle Gel and Revlon Gel Envy. They only last a day or two longer than regular polish, but I think the real benefit is that they dry SO QUICK. My drying time is now down to about 10 minutes and they are set nice and hard. If messing up the nails is a real problem for you, I would definitely switch to polishes like these that dry so much faster.

This is Sally Hansen Miracle Gel


  • This reply was modified 3 years, 10 months ago by  cucumberroll.
Post # 3
629 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I agree with PP. I love the Sally hansen miracle gel line ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 5
1306 posts
Bumble bee

I’m terrible at doing my own nails BUT nail techs and friends who know what they are doing always tell me to make sure each coat is a thin layer, not to slap on a heavy amount with each layer.

I seem to do well with the sally hansen manicure “complete salon manicure” line.

Post # 6
953 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I just tired Broadway imPress fake nails for the first time–something I never thought I’d ever do–and they looked fabulous for a full week! I got tons of compliments on my “beautiful manicure” and I miss them now that I’ve taken them off! ๐Ÿ™‚ I also glen with painting my nails!

Post # 7
2967 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

try soaking your nails in ice water for a few minutes. it speeds up the drying the time. also nails polish strips work great too. i’ve used the ones by incoco and i like them a lot. they’re supposed to last for 2 weeks and they actually do. they don’t look perfect (slights chips here and there), but they still look better than 2 week old regular nail polish.

Post # 9
774 posts
Busy bee

tm6173:  Happy to help ๐Ÿ™‚ Those air bubbles on nails have been my nemesis for years haha. I also agree with PP who said to make sure to do thin layers of polish. Less is more, especially if you are planning on doing a second coat.

Post # 10
1323 posts
Bumble bee

Seche Vite Quick Dry top coat. Game changer. got the recommendation from other ladies on here, and I used to have the same problems as you. I get perfect manis now! I use OPI colors. 

Post # 11
3281 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Seche Vite is a great gateway top coat! Dries to the touch in about 5 minutes and hard in about 20. It has some cons, but it was what I used when I first got into nail polish and I definitely recommend it unless you’re interested in investing more time and money! You can get it at many drugstores too.

Post # 12
443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

tm6173:  I am TERRIBLE at doing my nails. I put on too much, it dries goopy, I get it on my hands.. it’s just a mess. So, I spluraged and bought the sally hansen gel kit with the light. I love it. My nails look great. I do them abot once a week because I am hard on my nails. The light kit works for me because I am too messy, and it doesn’t dry- I have time to clean it up. TO ME the kit is worth it. 

Post # 13
2238 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

tm6173:  I just saw something on Pinterest last week and wanted to try it out. And I’m converted. I’m someone who needs a gel manicure – I’m a teacher, and I’m always using my hands and chipping nail polish. This formula is supposed to hold up like a gel manicure, and so far (a week later), I’m amazed at the results.

Base coat: Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Hard as Wraps Hardener (comes in a little blue bottle at CVS)

Regular nail polish (I used Essie)

Top coat: Sally Hansen Advanced Hard as Nails Strengthening Top Coat

Post # 14
34 posts
  • Wedding: April 2016

I used to have these troubles and I switched two things up and have had great results:

I started using only OPI (I’m sure other brands are good too, but I’ve had way more success than with Essie, which seems thin and slow drying). It has a nice brush and good coverage.

I bought Sally Hansen Insta-dry. I paint two coats nail polish in succession, then wait a few minutes and apply the insta dry top coat. I’m still careful with them after (no washing dishes) but no more smudges or sitting watching a movie waiting for them to dry! It keeps them from chipping too!

Post # 15
52 posts
Worker bee

– Always use a base coat and a top coat. Not just any colorless nail polish as both a top and base coat. Only because of this my nail polish lasts one week nowadays, while before it only lasted 2-3 days before looking crappy

– After finishing everything, I put my hands for 1-2 minutes in the freezer, lol. Really speeds up the drying process.

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