Sunday, 22 February 2015

The fastest manicure in the West (or North, for that matter)

Lately, all I seem to do is go to work and then sleep at ridiculously early times. My new (and hopefully temporary) bedtime is 9.30pm. As a result I've not had a lot of time for letting my nails dry. This week, I found myself with a very short window in which to do something about my chipped and cracking manicure. Not wanting to revert to a boring single coat of clear polish, I came up with the following solution.

This entire manicure was dry - properly, do-the-washing-up dry - within 15 minutes. Looks OK though, doesn't it?

1. Start with a single, generous coat of metallic polish on bare nails. (Make sure nails have been wiped with a cotton pad soaked in remover to get rid of dirt and skin oils.) Metallic polishes like Models Own's Colour Chrome collection apply very smoothly on bare nails. They also dry extremely fast. I suspect it's because of the high proportion of metallic powder vs. actual polish goop involved in the formula, because I've noticed a similar phenomenon with fine glitter polishes.


2. Wait 3 minutes for the metallic polish to dry. Then go over it with a single coat of chunky glitter polish. I chose Deborah Lippmann's Today Was a Fairytale* because it matched the cool frosty/wintery feel of the Models Own Chrome Indigo. (With all chunky glitters, no matter how posh or generously endowed with particles, it's best not use sweeping cuticle-to-tip strokes like with a regular polish. This will just pull the glittery bits off again. Instead use a dabbing, pressing motion all over the nail with the flat of the brush.)

3. Wait another 3 minutes, then go over everything with a coat of Mavadry top coat. This is my preferred alternative to Seche Vite. It speeds up drying, for one thing. It also creates a thick, glazed layer over the top of the manicure, which will help counteract the tendency of metallic polishes to fade and chip quickly.

4. And done. Now give it 15 minutes and you can go to bed. In the morning, there will be no tell-tale waffle-prints on your nails from the sheets.

L-R Deborah Lippmann Today Was a Fairytale, Models Own Chrome Indigo, Mavala Mavadry

Today's blogging soundtrack is: Anais Mitchell, Young Man in America

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