The essie guide to a perfect mani/pedi

Summer is the season to show off your nails, so get your hands and feet looking picture-perfect with essie’s expert tips. As the brand always says, “You’re never fully dressed without a good manicure!”

Bask in glory, but never soak in suds

Soapy dishwater can wreak havoc on manicures. Protect hands by wearing rubber gloves.

Love red?

Red says sexy, confident, secure. If you got it, flaunt it. If you don’t got it, just brush some on red for an instant mood-lifter.

Help, I have a hang nail! what now?

Don’t cut it! You never want to cut the skin. Dab on a little top coat to seal it down. Be sure to use essie apricot cuticle oil every day to keep cuticles and skin soft and smooth.

Cuticles pushed back or trimmed?

Pushed back! Never cut cuticles or hangnails – if you do, try to break the habit. As an alternative to cutting, use essie apricot cuticle oil daily to nourish and soften cuticles.

File your nails

Always file nails in one direction to a smooth and clean shape. Filing back and forth can cause splitting. Match the cuticle shape.

Long or short?

Choose a nail length that works for you. Help nails grow healthy and strong, whatever the length, with essie grow faster for stronger, healthier nails.

Ridged nails?

Don’t buff! Nails will get thinner and thinner, increasing sensitivity. Instead, use essie ridge filling base coat to minimise the appearance of ridges.

Tips for helping polish dry faster?

When time is of the essence, use essie good to go quick-dry topcoat to accelerate the drying time of polished nails. Quick-drying formulas leave a protective finish and super shine, helping nails dry almost instantly.

Play footsie.

Base and top coats aren’t just for fingertips. Remember to use these care products for a salon-quality DIY pedicure.

When do I moisturise?

We all love soft, moisturised hands, but be sure to only apply lotion after hands are manicured. Applying lotion before can make it difficult for the polish to adhere to your nails.

What’s my colour?

It’s only colour, so play and have fun! Finding the perfect shade for you is all about whatever makes you feel good. Don’t worry about matching your skin tone or being different. All that matters is how colour makes you feel.

How do you know when your manicure is really dry so you don’t get smudges?

When time is of the essence, use a quick-dry topcoat to accelerate the drying time of polished nails. Wait at least 2 minutes, and when you think nails are about done, very gently touch your pinky nails together. If you can feel the polish “grab” slightly, it’s not quite dry yet and you need to give it a few more minutes.

Advice for brides

The big day is not about wearing what’s on trend. It’s about what’s right for you. Wear what you like – find the colour that makes you feel radiant and beautiful. Go with your heart.

What are your tips for achieving a perfect manicure every time?

Start with a clean nail. Choose a basecoat that suits your nail type and apply. Do not underestimate the power of this product – it prevents dark polishes from staining the nail and can help fortify nails, too. Then apply two coats of colour, waiting two minutes in between drying time. Finish with the top coat of your choice.

Help! how do I keep nails from chipping?

Base coat suited to your nail type helps polish adhere. Alternatively, try waiting longer in between applications so polish can set. Reduce the frequency of chipping by wearing gloves when doing chores and avoid using nails as tools.

Maintain your manicure

Use a top coat every 2‐3 days to protect the polish colour and try to avoid using harsh chemicals, like certain household cleaning products that strip the nail polish and cause chipping. Massage oil into cuticles daily to help keep them soft and moisturised.

Say ciao to chips!

Nothing is more disappointing than a chipped manicure. Try essie no chips ahead for a chip-resistant finish. Apply every other day to extend the life of your mani.

Keep nails strong

Avoid filing nails when fresh out of the shower. Nails will be weaker and more susceptible to breaking.

What’s the best way to store nail polish?

Always store nail polish in a cool, dry place. For best results, keep the neck of the bottle clean.

Any tricks for fixing smudges, chips, etc?

Quickly dab the tiniest drop of nail polish remover over the smudge using the tip of another finger. The remover thins out the surrounding polish to cover the smudge. Wait a minute, and then re-apply with a thin layer of colour, let it dry, and continue with your favourite top coat.

Remove old polish

Use nail polish remover to make sure nails are completely clean and dry before you apply base coat. If there is any residue on the nails, it will prevent the base coat from adhering.

Apply nail colour

Brush on two coats of your favourite polish. The first coat should be a thin, even layer. Wait two minutes. Allowing polish to dry in between coats gives it time to set and minimises chipping. Apply the second coat of nail colour. Let dry for two minutes.

Why do my nails look stained?

When using dark or bright polishes, always use a base coat, like essie all in one to protect nails.


Want younger looking hands?

Wearing darker colours and finding your perfect red is always a great way to look younger. You may want to avoid sheer colours, which tend to bring attention to skin tone. Colour brings the attention to your nails.

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