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Nail Prep

August 19, 2013 / by Liz


Over the past few weeks, I’ve posted quite a few different versions of nail art. So I thought it might be a good idea to post how I prep my nails before painting them. With regular polish, I find that this helps it last a little longer. And with shellac, it’s pretty necessary to prep your nails this way. By no means am I claiming to be a manicure expert! – but this is what works for me : )

I use cotton pads, a cuticle clipper, nail file, cuticle remover gel (I use this one by Sally Hansen), cuticle pusher, and a 50/50 mixture of rubbing alcohol and acetone.


Step 1 | File your nails.


Step 2 | Apply cuticle gel all around the edges of your nail bed. Wait a minute or two.

Cuticle Gel

Step 3 | Gently push your cuticles back. Lots of people don’t have much cuticle to get in the way, but mine grow like weeds!

Push Cuticles

Step 4 | Trim any hangnails and excess cuticle bits. Be careful not to trim too close.


Step 5 | Thoroughly wipe your nails with the alcohol-acetone solution. This will ensure that there are no remnants of the cuticle gel, and that any oils are removed.


Now they’re polish ready!


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