How to Paint Your Nails

If you are like most girls (or guys), your home fingernail polish only lasts a day before it starts to chip.

As a cosmetologist, I can get you to enjoy your nail job up to a week, with some expertise.

The trick is to dehydrate the nail before painting. With rubbing alcohol or acetone, use a cotton pad to wet each nail thoroughly, then let dry about five seconds.

This removes any oily barriers between your nails and your polish, and gets it to stick.

Apply a polish in a color that flatters your skin tone: cool skin looks best in blue-based pinks, reds, whites and purples, while warm skin needs fire: any color with orange or golden hues in it.

Use a thin amount and paint a stripe down the middle of your nail. Repeat on each side so that each nail only gets three swipes of a thin layer of polish.

Let dry for two to five minutes, and repeat. The only way to get painted nails that dry completely is to be sure each swipe is thin. Any thick polish swipes will ruin your manicure job.

After you have applied two coats of color and let dry, finish with a thin layer of clear coat polish, applied in exactly the same way.

Once your clear top coat dries, work a small amount of cuticle oil or nut butter into your cuticles immediately, and twice a day. This helps prevent hangnails.

Dehydrating your nails prior to application, and painting in thin stripes is the best way to get your nails to last over five days before chipping.

Whether you are in quarantine, on a budget, or simply prefer to do your own nails, this method is tried and true-it works every time!

Rebecca Schembri is a Writer and Published Hair and Makeup Artist from Reno, Nevada, USA

How To Make Homemade Body Butter

Making your own moisturizer is a great way to shake pandemic blues and give yourself a pampering treatment while at home.

Not only do natural products that you can eat soothe dry skin and aging, they feel luxurious and give you a nice glow.

Ingredients such as shea butter regenerate your skin, while avocado oil adds vitamin E-great for promoting firmness and collagen production.

Remember to add a few drops of essential oil to enhance your beauty experience with an aroma you love.

Use at night on face and body.

Choose ingredients from your kitchen and bathroom

Ingredients:

Something creamy (shea butter*, cocoa butter, coconut oil, etc)

Something oily (avocado oil*, olive oil, almond oil, hemp oil, etc)

Something aromatic (essential oil*, extracts, etc)

*denotes author’s favorite

How To Make Body Butter

Measure oil and butter 1:3. For example, if you use 1 cup oil, you will use 3 cups butter.

Shea Butter

In a clean blender, add a few drops of essential oil to the 1 part oil. Blend gently. Add the 3 parts butter and blend entire mixture thoroughly for 2 minutes.

Pour body butter into containers while it is drippy. It will solidify within a few minutes.

This formula lasts about one year in normal bathroom conditions. Enjoy!

Rebecca Schembri is a Published Hair and Makeup Artist from Reno, Nevada, USA