I am pretty much a textbook Type B person, except when it comes to one thing: my nails (I guess that’s technically 10 things). I could give a shit about my toenails, but I am an anal retentive monster when it comes to the upkeep of my fingernails, needing to have them buffed, filed, and painted at all times. If I find even the tiniest of chips in one painted nail, I spend most of the day picking at it and eventually peel off the rest of the polish on the rest of my nails, then I fixate on my hands until I can get to the nearest cotton ball and bottle of non-acetone remover to clean it up. Although I do like to treat myself to the occasional manicure, I’ve been doing my own at home since I was in 2nd grade and consider myself an expert amateur.
- Take Biotin to help with nail and hair growth.
- Don’t bite your nails because I had a friend who had an uncle who totally got a weird stomach worm from biting his nails. He died. Just kidding, but he did have surgery.
- If your favorite nail polish has gotten too thick, add a tiny bit of nail polish remover to the bottle and shake it. Repeat process until the viscosity is right!
- Don’t just file your nails, buff them too. Just do it, please. (talking to you, Allie)
- If you change your nail color as often as I do, skip the top coat but not the base coat.
- I can’t cut my own cuticles to save my life, so I can’t give any advice on that other than “seek help for that step”.
- To dry your freshly painted nails, put your fingertips in a bowl of ice water.
- Don’t take a nap immediately after you paint your nails.
Although I own more bottles of nail polish than I care to admit, I tend to stick with a more neutral palette of nude, black, gray, or any shade of pink. If I’m feeling particularly colorful, my favorite thing to do is add a bright polka dot on top of each nude nail. It’s a ridiculously easy way to liven up an at-home manicure. NAILED IT.