Saturday, July 28, 2012

Mani hands

Base Coat: OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener
Color: Mulberry st. (#212) by N.Y.C. color In a New York Color Minute Quick Dry
Top Coat: Seche Vite 

Love this satiny, dynamic shade.  I believe this one and the Essie Muchi Muchi are going to be all I wear for the rest of the summer.  Mulberry Street is one of my favorite streets in nyc.  It houses a sweetly designed library, aptly named, the Mulberry St. Library.  It is also close enough to Broadway-Lafayette that if you get tired of reading, just a few blocks over is shopping galore!  

I'm really happy with the way this mani came out; one year old polish, 2 coats, fast and easy application (much better than when I used it last).  I have Angela to thank for that!  She shared a helpful tip on how to get the polish to be smooth and neat by the cuticle area.  I had read somewhere ages ago that nail polish should be applied in 3 vertical strokes: a wider stroke down the middle, followed by two side strokes.  Yet whenever I applied polish that way, the base of the nail would always look uneven.  I was mystified.  Plenty of other bloggers' DIY manicures look so perfectly shaped, like patches of polish just floated down from the heavens and landed on their nails - seamless!  I asked around and one person recommended pointy Q-tips dipped in nail polish remover, another said to use an angled eye shadow brush dipped in Acetone.  I tried the former, and it did not work at all unfortunately.  Angela's advice, which included a helpful photo, was to first paint a horizontal stroke following the curve of the cuticle, then to swiftly bring it upwards towards the tip for the first coat.  The 2nd coat is then much easier as you just need to cover up the streaky, thin first coat.

I practiced first with a clear polish and found that after scraping one side of the brush, and leaving a nice big drop on the other side, all I needed to do was to place it at one side of the nail, then slowly rotate the finger - the brush doesn't even need to move.  It was surprisingly easy!   If you would like to see her post on how to achieve this, it is HERE (towards the middle).  I still need to practice, but I already see a huge improvement and I love it!  If you want to see the last time I used this polish, it is here.  My cuticles look a lot better this time - not as dry at least!  I described the color as pale pink, but I would say it's more like a very pale peach or beige.  Almost a nude but not quite.  Thanks again Angela for sharing such detailed steps!

N.Y.C. Color in Mulberry St.
If you are into painting your nails, let me know how you navigate that tricky cuticle area.  

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