With a wide range of colors and formulas to choose from, it can feel overwhelming to find the perfect nail polishes and services for you (and that’s not even considering having to decode lengthy labels or professional salon speak).
To help you cut through the noise, we’re tackling some of the biggest questions when it comes to nail care. From what to look for in a formula to how to speed up dry times (including ways to make your color last!), read on as we aim to demystify the manicure and help you achieve your best nails yet.
At Emilie Heathe, we believe good nail polish should go beyond the surface. We suggest looking for strengthening vitamins and other nourishing ingredients (some of our favorites include bamboo extract, sea buckthorn oil, vitamin C, and biotin) that combine beautiful color with care. Then there are also the ingredients you shouldlook out for, such as parabens, formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP (full list of no-nos in our ingredients section here), and the practices by which products are made (all of our nail polish formulas are vegan and sustainably sourced).
So many shades, so little time! We suggest scooping up a neutral and universal red for everyday and at least one metallic shade for play (we’re also loving spicy oranges, rich purples, and graphic looks for fall). Need some inspo? Check out our latest posts for tutorials based on the latest trends, astrological signs, and beyond!
While tools can differ depending on your preferences and desired look, the basics usually consist of a brush for cleaning, a clipper for cutting, and a file and buffer for shaping and smoothing. Then you’ll just need your color and a good top coat to complete your look (striping tape can also save a lot of frustration when it comes to creating the latest nail art).
For a more saturated look, you’ll typically want to apply more than one coat, which means you’ll need to account for some additional time (and patience). Ideally, you’ll want to allow the first coat to dry so it’s no longer tacky, which typically takes between two and five minutes. If going for a third coat, you may want to give it some additional time (say 15 minutes), depending on the formula and how quick it is to dry.
When it comes to nail polish, regular nail polish remover will typically do the trick. Opt for an acetone-free pick if possible (they tend to be gentler), using cotton balls to saturate the formula and cover the nail. Then clean your hands and nails properly to remove any solution that may have been left behind.
If you’re in a hurry, there are a few household tricks for getting out the doorfast. Opt for lighter shades and formulas, which tend to dry quicker, in fewer, thinner coats. You can also try applying a quick-drying topcoat (or baby oil), and using the cool air setting on your blow dryer to help move things along.
Consider splurging on a quality, long-wear formula, which could save you time and money down the road. This is another place where topcoats can be useful. We suggest checking out our ‘On the Top’ Glossy Top Coat for a shiny, gel-like finish with serious staying power.
If your nail polish could use a kickstart, you can try immersing the closed bottle in hot (not boiling) to loosen up or re-melt the formula. That said, nail polishes do expire. Check the label for key dates and plan to toss old shades every two years or so (more on cosmetic expiration dates here).
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