photos + post by Kristin Ess

This Mani Monday is all about clean up! When you work hard to make your nails look beeeeautiful, you must go that extra mile. I’m sure a lot of you already do this, but we see plenty of photos from people who either don’t know or just don’t do it. And let me tell you, it makes a HUGE difference! Your nails look great, but it just doesn’t look as polished (ha!) without the finishing touches. Here’s how we recommend you perfect those pretty fingers:

TOOLS: A bottle of nail polish remover, a flat paint brush (or old eyeliner brush that you’re not going to use anymore), napkin.

  1. After you’re completely finished with your mani, pour a little nail polish remover into the bottle cap. Get a small, flat paint brush. You can get these from any art store and they should only cost about $1-2. If you have an old eyeliner brush that’s flat or angled, you can use that too!
  2. Dip the brush in the nail polish remover.
  3. Carefully go around the cuticle and clean up the excess nail polish.
  4. Wipe the brush on a napkin to remove the polish so you’re not spreading it around. Repeat on each finger.

After you’re finished, you should apply a little cuticle oil to keep your cuticles from feeling dry.