Professional gel polish manicures can be a life saver for any busy gal (or guy, no hate!) because they tend to last a long while, which is glorious if you don't have the time to paint your nails every other day. The only problem? Regrowth. Even with regular polish, if it lasts long enough, (ugh, mine never does) you're bound to see some regrowth. I'm not here to tell you that the outgrowth of your nails is gross, or bad, because it's totally not.
My own personal opinion, however, is that when I see a large regrowth on my manicure my first instinct is to remove it all and have another. If your nails grow as fast as mine, a week can pass and I'm already looking for the acetone thus making the investment into a gel polish null and void. For this reason I am sharing my go-to quick fix, nail art!
The most basic tools needed for the job are; nail art polishes (or a striper brush used with a regular polish!) and a top coat. You can always get fancy, like I do, and go the extra mile with a cuticle nipper, pusher, quick dry spray and cuticle oil!
Start by slowly and carefully tracing directly next to the cuticle area with your striping brush loaded in the polish of your choosing. Then create a swooping line, like a semi circle, across the nail bed. From there you can add more "horse-shoe" and curved lines above. I've also made some circles. Honestly, just do whatever you want. Have fun with it!
Try not to rush the process. Hurrying through will only make for a sloppy job, in turn making you feel a little discouraged.
Before adding the top coat, make sure the nail art has completely dried. This can help prevent the colors from "streaking" into each other.
If you get any polish on the surrounding skin, I don't suggest cleaning it up with acetone. Acetone will begin eating away at the gel, causing lifting of the edges. If you have the opportunity to be patient (and don't mind the messy look), finish going about your day and let that excess chip off from the skin. If you're in a hurry, try gently scraping at it with a tooth pick or file while it is still tacky. And if you're really determined, you could use a non-acetone nail polish remover and a small brush to clean up the edges.
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