#BeautyHacks for Girls Who Hate to Paint Their Nails

As if a strict skincare routine, 10-step makeup application process, hair styling, and general primping don’t keep us busy enough, we’ve also got manicures to keep in mind. Seriously, the to-do list never ends. And, whether it means taking a regular trip to the nail salon or attempting a weekly DIY sesh, all that nail business can take hours. So, it’s no wonder that many of us (yes, even the beauty addicts) aren’t big fans of the process. In an effort to save some time and a headache or two, we came up with a few solves for the ladies who dread getting their nails did.

Nail Polish Hacks

Use a Tinted Top Coat Instead

Not ready to commit to color? Hate the chipping process? Or maybe “coloring within the lines” is a lot harder than it sounds. We’ve been there. Try using a tinted top coat instead — like a lip stain, it gives off just a hint of color, is quick and easy to apply, and lasts a lifetime (er, a week or two).  We love the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Nailcolor custom-tinted top coat on their new double-ended polish!

Make Vaseline Your BFF

If your hand-eye coordination is a bit rocky, use a cotton swap to dab Vaseline around your nail beds before nail polish application. This way, you can simply wipe away any fudge ups without making a mess and starting over!

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DIY a Gel Mani

Since leaving your nails completely bare is not an option, what if you could just resort to doing them less often? Give yourself an at-home gel mani by using essie Gel Setter over any nail polish shade to turn it into rock-hard gel or use the L’Oréal Paris Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque 1-2-3 nail system, so you can go weeks without having to worry!

Try Nail Stickers

The mani gods must have heard our cries for help because they came back with the perfect solution for those of us who are less skilled in the nail polish department. Enter nail stickers. Forget the spills, the mess and shaky hands because it doesn’t get any easier than literally sticking on nail polish. You can choose from one solid color, full on nail art or something a little more bedazzled like these essie Stickers & Stone.

Go for Glitter

No joke, glitter nail polish can seriously survive the apocalypse. You can dab it on quick without worrying about it being neat, and no matter what situations you find yourself in throughout the day, this stuff won’t budge.

If All Else Fails, Bribe Your Friends

Still hate doing your nails? Bribe your beauty-obsessed gal pal to do it for you and just “pay” her with a home-cooked meal, wine and gossip, or brunch — BFFs love brunch.

Source:https://www.makeup.com/nail-polish-application-tips

How to Fix a Broken Nail — and Grow ‘Em Back Stronger

Just when you think they’re perfect — bam! You get a snag.

You’ve diligently grown, filed, and buffed. Finally, all your nails are the same length. But then you feel a little snag and just like that, your on-point manicure dreams are smashed. Fortunately, we’ve got an oh-so-easy trick to fixing that tear in your nail: a tea bag. Here’s how it’s done, plus pro tips to help your nails grow stronger for next time.

Prep: Start with clean nails.

Make sure your nails are plain — no base coat, no polish.

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Step 1: Cut the teabag.

Make sure you cut it close to the length and width of the break in your nail.

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Step 2: Add a little glue.

Add a drop of glue on an orange wood stick, then dab it over the break.

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Step 3: Use tweezers to apply the teabag.

Place the teabag piece over the break, then let it dry.

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Step 4: Buff it out.

Using a buffer or nail file, lightly smooth out the surface of your nail.

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Step 5: Push back your cuticles.

Once your broken nail is buffed to smoothness, do the same with the rest of your nails. Then, push back your cuticles, “but don’t trim them too much,” says Cherri Phan, a professional manicurist at Nail Poetry in Costa Mesa, California. “Use a fine grit buffer to buff your cuticles after pushing them back, and then apply oil. You can never over-oil!”

Step 6: Cover with base coat, then apply color.

Once your nails are buffed to smoothness, apply a base coat. Phan uses Orly Bonder Nail Treatment ($7, ulta.com) for clients who need extra strength.

“It has a rubberizing effect, so it helps polish stay on longer,” says Phan. “It helps make the surface more flexible.”

And if you need a protective top coat, she suggests the same brand’s Two-in-One Top 2 Bottom Basecoat + Topcoat ($7, ulta.com).

Voila! You’ve got perfect nails once more. Time for some nail art! Or perhaps just a simple shade of pink. This step is totally optional, but so much more fun.

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