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Removing Gel Manicures

Gel Manicure

When I first started getting gel manicures regularly, I thought I’d discovered heaven. A manicure that actually stayed for two weeks? No way! But after time, my nails started to get so paper thin underneath that I was forced to stop getting them done all together. Now, I give my nails some time to breath between manicures and get gel manicures done way less frequently.

I am not always the most patient when it comes to getting the gel manicures taken off however. I’ve found that removing them the wrong way can leave your poor nails in a world of hurt. Follow these steps to remove your gel manicure as painlessly as possible:

First, get your hands on a nail file, the grittier, the better. Start by buffing off the top gel layer, leaving the nail feeling matte and gritty.

Next, soak a cotton ball in a generous amount of acetone. Place it squarely on the fingernail, as tight as you can against the nail. Do the whole hand’s worth of nails and, if you’re able, your other hand as well.

After about 30 minutes, you should notice some flakes beginning to shed off of your nails. Push the polish off your nailbed horizontally and gently. Instead of digging into the nail on those stubborn spots, douse cotton balls in more acetone and continue to soak the nail until it comes off gently.

The healthier your nails are, the better your results are going to be with this process. And definitely do not peel the gel off of your nails. It’s tempting, but you’ll just make more problems for your nails in the long run.

Two Quick Makeup Tricks

Lash Stamping with Mascara, Before and After.

Add these two simple beauty tricks to your everyday makeup regimen.

Mascara Stamping

Eye with Mascara Wand

Everyone wants their lashes to look fuller and thicker. Often that means using lash extensions or serums such as Latisse. But this beauty trick won’t have you spending an arm and a leg getting that fuller lash look. Mascara stamping gives this full lash illusion, and it’s as easy as pressing the wand into the roots of the lashes while applying your mascara, in a stamping motion. This will deposit color to your upper lashline, giving an appearance of having fuller lashes. It may be a bit messy at first but, once you get the hang of it, you’ll be hooked!

Foundation Layering

Contrary to what we may practice and have been taught about makeup application, apply a powder before a liquid foundation. It gives better coverage and a flawless appearance that lasts all day. This trick may save the day, especially for those with oilier skin.

Get your base makeup to stay on longer throughout the day by applying a loose powder before your liquid foundation. You can use any loose powder, but Aveda’s translucent powder would be perfect for this application method. Start with a good amount of your favorite moisturizer, set it with a powder, and finish by adding liquid foundation on top. This will give your skin a fully hydrated feel, but with a matte finish. This application style should eliminate the need to add a loose powder as a finishing step, leaving you with a budge-proof base that will last all day!