Quick Tip #1: How to Fake a Perfect Mani Pedi

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Quick Tip

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Ok. We’ve all been there … painting our nails only to end up smudging varnish all over our skin. Not cute! And, then there’s the dreaded aftermath of spending 20-30 minutes scrubbing your paint-stained flesh, trying to neaten the mess you’ve made. So, if you’re like me, and have been tempted to pass off your poor excuse of a manicure or pedicure as an haute couture rendition of a Jackson Polluck painting, this quick tip is for you!

You already know that imitating nail salon perfection can be tricky, especially for those of us who are color-in-the-lines challenged. But, with a little light prep work, you can fake a perfect mani pedi like a pro.

Before you start attempting to paint your nails, especially if you are using a very dark, bright, or highly saturated hue (e.g., navy, blackhot pink, or rose red), take a q-tip and gently dip it into some petroleum jelly (i.e., Vaseline). Outline the surrounding skin of each nail (or toe) with the q-tip, avoiding the nail bed. Then, varnish your nails as neatly as you can.

Still manage to color outside the lines? Don’t despair. Just wipe off the excess with a q-tip lightly dipped in polish remover. Clean-up will be a breeze!

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