how to winter-proof your nails.Tuesday, January 13, 2015
My hands and nails are super dry to begin with, but even more so in the winter (Goldbond becomes my new BFF the second the temperature drops). In the past few years I've really enjoyed growing out my nails, so ensuring that they are break-proof, dry-out-proof, and all around winter-proof has become an absolute must. With just a few extra steps before your regular manicure regimen, you can totally winterize your nails. And thanks to Julep, I've included a mini tutorial below that is easy peasy, lemon squeezy!
(clockwise L to R):
- A moisturizing lotion of your choice (my uber dry skin swears by Goldbond)
- A bowl of warm water
- Clear base coat nail polish
- Top coat nail polish
- Nail polish of choice (My favorite wintery hue used here is Julep's Alaina)
- Julep's Plie Want (totally optional but great if you are not a strong left-hand nailpolish-er)
- Nail buffer
- Nail file
- Cuticle pusher
- Nail clippers
- Vitamin E (or another moisturizing) oil
Put a few drops of Vitamin E oil into your warm water and soak your hand/nails for a few minutes, working oil into nails and hands.
Remove hands/nails from water and dry off thoroughly. Using a cuticle pusher to, ahem, push back cuticles gently.
Gently trim excess/dead cuticles with a nail clipper. Don't get too close! (I did-- yowch!)
& Don't forget to clean under those bad boys!
File and buff your nails to their preferred shape.
Julep tip: Start with the coarse side of your emery board and finish with the finer side to polish things off!
Soak your nails one more time in plain, warm water.
Dry off your hands + moisturize with lotion. if you get any on your nails, make sure to remove with a towel before polishing.
Step 8: Give yourself a hand because you're officially winterized! Woohoo!
Now you're all set to polish as usual
That plie wand is my best friend!
And that's it! Not too bad, huh?
Do you guys have any tips for protecting your nails from the elements? Let me know in a comment below!