Andrea Miller
Andrea Miller
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Nail night musts: What I need to get my mani on-point

I have to give props to my mom, whose hands have always been a sight to behold ever since I can remember. Mary would NEVER leave the house with a hangnail, chipped polish, or even bare nails, and that takes commitment—especially since she is a DIY lady through and through. I can count on one hand the amount of times she’s paid for a manicure.

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Instead, Sunday nights were reserved for her mani maintenance and she would take our gentle ribbing in stride (Can’t bother mom; it’s nail night!) as she sat at the kitchen table with her small plastic basket brimming with nail polishes and assorted goodies. It’s from her that I learned about the importance and pride in keeping my nails looking tip-top. After all, it’s a subtle way to look put-together and, maybe more importantly, it’s fun! Playing with colour, experimenting with trends; it’s another weapon in my beauty arsenal that lets me express who I feel like being on any given day.

I’ve ably continued Nail Night, though it’s not always on a Sunday and I have been known to pop into a salon for a quickie polish change. (Sorry Mom.) But trial and error have allowed me to pull together a dream team of products that keep my manis looking major.

    Behold, the hit list:

  • Cuticle pusher & oil: You want to keep your cuticles hydrated, especially in the winter so these two products go hand-in-hand (get it?). Apply the oil to soften the cuticle and then gently push back the live skin at the base of your nail to prevent damage, infection and also create a good base for polish.
  • Nail file: Duh
  • Hand cream: Again, moisturizing is the name of the game since it won’t count for much if your nails look great but your hands resembles an old catcher’s mitt.
  • Base coat: Key. This will prevent the nail polish from staining your fingers (been there!) and give the varnish something to adhere to. Don’t splurge on this one.
  • Nail polish: Dealer’s choice and there are endless options so have fun!
  • Top coat: Never skip the top coat if you want to keep your nail polish on for more than 2 hours. It provides not only a sealant for the colour but it gives an overall uniformity to the nails.
  • Fast-Drying Drops: Because if, like me, you can’t seem to let your nails dry naturally before you need to text someone back, pet the dog or wash a dish. These little drops of pure joy speed things along nicely
© Arpi Pap 2008

Essie Instant Dry Oil

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Quo by Orly Nail Polish

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Quo Cuticle Pusher

© Arpi Pap 2008

Essie Instant Dry Oil

quoorly

Quo by Orly Nail Polish

quocuticlepusher

Quo Cuticle Pusher