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

2020 Hair and Makeup Trends | Who Cares?

Beauty salons deliver shampoo during the COVID-19 shutdown

In this great time of uncertainty and disruption, it’s a bit strange to think about fashion and beauty trends after quarantine.

After all, who cares about being ‘in style’ when the world is focused on a pandemic?

Hairdresers care. And we want you to know that we are canceling all obligations you have (or may not have known you had) to this year’s stylescape.

Normally, it is our job to encourage you to evolve with beauty hits that decend from celebrity rule. Whatever Lady Gaga is doing with makeup, go for it. Taylor Swift got fringe, do it. You want a new color, let’s see what Billie Eilish is up to, etc.

We gather inspiration from red carpet styling

These are trendsetters in the appearance world, and they deserve to be followed. They forge the path for those of us too busy to notice, or too scared to try.

But now we have something greater than a bedazzled celebrity we admire and want to emulate.

A global pandemic: masks are the next fashion statement

We have our own survival. That means we ourselves will choose how we want to look for a while, because we are in great need of self-expression and comfort.

Comfort Looks

So then, what you can expect to see this year is a lot of throwback hair. When people start creeping out of quarantine, you bet they will go for the curling iron, flat iron, and makeup that has always made them feel beautiful, and the style era won’t matter.

Expect to see outdated college girl looks and former high school styles, plus older ladies with spiked, sprayed hair, and any hairstyle from the TV show Friends. Looks will be overdone and outplayed, but it won’t matter. Think of it as armour; protection from the next bad thing.

Apocalypse Cosplay

Some may embrace their inner-apocalyptic heroes and indulge in dusty cosplay looks or fantastical haircolor and makeup. Dressing like it’s the end of the world has an empowering feel-it makes you fearless.

Grey Hair Growouts

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Many ladies who normally covered their greys will embrace their natural color instead. This is liberating- an act of confidence and strength. Facing the world’s mortality will wipe a lot of cosmetic slates clean and, more mature women may decide they prefer to be bare to focus on things they value instead.

Manly Manes

Men may see the pandemic as an excuse to save on haircuts

Since most men fantasize about growing out their hair, many will use the pandemic quarantine as a reason to get started. After all, working from home doesn’t require a trimmed neckline. Expect a decrease in future haircuts if quarantine lasts more than three months, passing the awkward in-between phase most men cringe at.

It’s Your Time

However you choose to express yourself this year, know that what you choose is your way of coping with a traumatic experience. It makes you feel strong and in control, and that victory dance is exactly what we want you to feel after conquering a deadly virus. Go ahead, rock that 80’s punk-you are alive to do it.

FROM HOME: Rebecca Schembri is a Published Hair and Makeup Artist and Writer 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


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


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