6 Manicure Tips for Busy Moms

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Women who have kids quickly discover they no longer have all the time in the world to pamper themselves. Doing lunch with the girls is replaced by staying home to change diapers, and regular keratin hair treatments don’t exactly fit in with your busy baby-feeding schedule. Simple luxuries, such as getting your nails done at your favorite salon, can quickly fall by the wayside.

However, just because you don’t have time for regular manicure sessions doesn’t mean you can’t have fabulous, well-cared-for nails. If you can spare even 15 minutes of your hectic day, you can turn otherwise dull and plain nails into pretty, polished ones. Here are six manicure tips for busy moms on the go.

6. Prep Your Nails First

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This step might sound like an unnecessary one that will just make the whole manicure process take longer, but it’s a crucial one to help make sure that your manicure lasts as long as possible. The less frequently you have to do your nails, the better, right? To help make your manicure last at least a week or more, prep your nails first.

Start by cleaning your nails thoroughly to remove any lingering dirt or oils. This debris can hamper the adherence of your nail polish, causing it to chip prematurely. Also, make sure to remove any remnants of old nail polish. Wash your hands with warm soapy water and use rubbing alcohol with a cotton ball to remove any grime and grease that hinder your perfect manicure.

5. Paint Your Dominant Hand First

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One of the more important manicure tips is to paint your dominant hand first. The reason for this is that it’s usually very hard to paint using your non-dominant hand. If you paint that one first, when it comes time to paint your dominant hand, you are at a greater risk of smudging the polish that you’ve already applied.

Not only is it tough to paint with your non-dominant hand, it can be even tougher to do so when you’ve got a fresh coat of paint on it. By painting the dominant hand first, you don’t have to worry about smudging the polish you’ve already painted.

4. Always Apply a Base Coat

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Applying a base coat is another quick step to make your nail polish last longer and look better. In addition, a base coat can protect your nail bed from turning yellow. Keeping your nail bed looking healthy is important for the days when you don’t want to wear nail polish. If your nails are as yellow as the sun — especially after wearing dark polish – then you may not have a choice.

Make sure the base coat is completely dry before applying your nail polish. The great thing about base coats is they are typically thinner than regular polish and require much less time to dry.

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