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The nitty gritty of clean up - neat and tidy manicures

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Let's face it - we can have a gorgeous manicure with intricate nail art - but if it looks sloppy around the cuticles it definitely detracts from the finished look.

Does that mean you have to have steady hands and precise polish strokes around our cuticles?

Not at all. I often get polish on and around my cuticles. But it's pretty easy to clean up if you have the right tools.

Let's take a look.

Here is a photo of my nails before clean up.  I was intentionally a little messier than normal.

Manicure before clean-up
Manicure before clean-up
You will need one of the brushes and a small container of nail polish remover.

Clean up brushes and acetone
Clean up brushes and acetone
Here is one of the types of brushes you can use. This is a concealer brush from e.l.f. I picked this up at Target for around $2.
Elf concealer brush used for nail polish clean up
Elf concealer brush used for nail polish clean up
Here is the bristles on the brush. The acetone doesn't eat the bristles away on these brushes. I have tried different brushes and have pulled the brush out of the acetone just to find out the bristles were gone - completely gone. The edge on this one is getting a little ratty. It's probably time for me to grab another one.

Elf concealer brush used for nail polish clean up
E.l.f. concealer brush used for nail polish clean up
You can also use the e.l.f. small angled brush. I really don't think I have a preference between the brushes. They both work great.

Elf small angled brush used for nail polish clean up
Elf small angled brush used for nail polish clean up
Elf small angled brush used for nail polish clean up
Elf small angled brush used for nail polish clean up
To clean up your cuticles simply dip the tip of the brush in the remover. You don't want too much remover on the brush so lightly daub it on a piece of paper or on the side of the container. Use the tip of the brush and clean up the polish around your cuticles. You can get right next to the nail with this and it make the edges clean and crisp. I use it around the base of my nail too. This makes the polish line neat and tidy. After you swipe some polish off of your cuticles wipe the brush on a paper towel or rag. I have a towel that stays on my chair. It is definitely rainbow colored now. You wipe the brush on the rag to get rid of the polish residue on the brush. If you don't you will transfer a thin film of color to your cuticles and fingers.




After clean up. This is Sally Hansen Twisted Pink.
What are your tips for a neat and tidy manicure?

 

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