The happiest feeling? Feeling pretty and pampered after a fresh manicure.
The saddest feeling? The moment when you start to lose that initial feeling, when you look down at your hands and don't feel quite so fabulous anymore.
Okay, I might be exaggerating a little, but let's not underestimate the power of perfectly shaped and coloured fingernails. Some of the benefits of a satisfactory manicure include but are not limited to: more professional handshakes, lovelier tea-holding hand selfies, and less of a chance of aggressively poking your spouse in the eyeball at night. All good things.
As is true with all good things, they must often come to an end. And as is true with things that come to an end, we must hold on to them dearly for as long as we can. Upon glancing down at my hands today, I knew I had three choices:
1.) Leave my manicure to chip away slowly to its inevitable demise.
2.) Drive to the mall to get a fresh one.
3.) Cling vehemently to the last remnants of beauty with a colour touch-up.
Option 3 was less depressing, able to be done in my yoga pants, and best of all, free!
Today I'm going to show you how to stretch a shellac manicure from the standard 1.5-2 weeks to 3+ weeks! It's super easy. The key is to paint over the shellac with regular nail polish *before* it starts to chip. I've found that the best way to make a shellac manicure last longer is to use sparkly nail polish as a top coat. The best part about this method is that you have the choice to keep the same colour or switch it up. In my case, I turned my red into coral.
Here are my nails at their absolute prime - December 20th...
This was the before picture of my nails this morning - January 5th...
Here is a peek after one coat of regular nail polish....
I then added a coat of sparkles from the base of my nails to my fingertips to prevent peeling.
In my opinion, this is the cheapest way to extend the life of your manicure or change the colour at home if you end up hating what you chose at the salon.
Also, pretty nails make sparkly rings all the more dazzling! 😉