The Perfect Manicure

So the holidays are coming up quick, actually we're right in the middle of the season, meaning all of the pretty little holiday nail sets are out right now! I went crazy at the supply store the other day.... impulsive shopper right here..... My favorite color right now is the dark plum, love it. And all of the glitters! Like the one in the photo (Venique - Jolly Holly Twinkle) and another one I like is Venique's Twinkling Glitter (a silver sparkle).

VENIQUE NAIL POLISH DRIES IN ONLY 4 MINUTES!

It also has a silicone base which allows the polish to bend with your nail.... THEREFORE discourages chipping!

Basically, with all of these amazing holiday polishes out, my post today is going to guide you in creating The Perfect Manicure! It is important to keeps nice nails and soft hands, they are one of the center points to your appearance....

What You'll Need:  Nail File, Buffer Block, Base Coat, Top Coat, Lotion, Cuticle Oil, and Your Favorite Polish

STEP 1: Shape - Decide on your desired nail shape, these days the pointy tips as seen on Rihanna and other celebrities has been the latest trend. Gently file your nail into the shape you want. If you need to take an adequate length off I would clip them first.

STEP 2: Buff -  Your buffer block may have a few sides to choose from. The coarse surface is used to remove ridges, do this first. Rough up the top of each nail. Next use the less coarse surface to give your nail more of a matte shine and smooth it out a little.

STEP 3: Shine - The smooth side of the buffing block is to polish out the roughness. Polish of each nail until it squeaks with shine :)

STEP 4: Base Coat - This is an important step. Base coat's not only help keep your nails healthier and stronger, they also keep dark polishes from staining your nail and will ensure your color will last longer.... insurance.

STEP 5: Your Favorite Polish - After your base coat, apply your selected polish. I would do two coats just to make sure you get a strong color.

STEP 6: Top Coat - The most important step in making your mani look professionally done is the shiny top coat! Check out some of the quick dry top coats to speed up drying time.

STEP 7:  Moisturize - Now that you have finished your amazing manicure, nothing tops off nice looking fingers with soft silky hands. I love the thick body butters! Or one of my faves is Body Drench's Pomegranate Crush Body Lotion

STEP 8: Moisturize Again - And for your last and final step,  moisturize your cuticles. Cuticle oil is made to keep the cuticles soft and healthy, helps prevent those nasty hang nails, nobody likes those.