Dungeon Nails: Beginings and Tips Edition

6 May

I’m trying to perfect my home manicure. I am a life time nail bitter but last year after one perfect salon manicure I became a little obsessed with keeping my nails neat and polished. I have a friend on par with the professionals when it comes to a manicure and she’s always willing to do them for me but since she lives an hour away and I’m to cheap to pay the $12 to have them done weekly, I began the journey to perfect my home manicure. I’ve never had the steadiest hands but since I started doing my nails I’m happy to say I’ve gone from a bloodied finger effect after a coat of red to basically getting polish only on my nails.

So, a couple months ago I started doing nails for a couple friends in my kitchen which happens to be in the basement and so is referred to as the dungeon, hence Dungeon Nails was born. It’s a fun late night hang out thing that is mostly funny, and almost always cocktail prompted, but it’s given me a chance to further my quest for the perfect home manicure.

I recently read this article in Allure Magazine and it’s actually helped me step up my polishing game. The online article isn’t as comprehensive as the print version but still has some basic tips for getting you’re DIY manicure to last a few days longer then normal. One tip, not listed online, I recommend is painting the top edge of the nail. It seals the nail by not leaving a gap between nail and polish. If there’s that gap liquids can get in and polish chips more easily.

I’m pretty brand loyal brand to Essie for color and products but OPI is just as good. Strange Beautiful is pretty decent, although their colors have a tendency to become tacky in texture sooner rather than later which renders the polish pretty useless.

Products I’ve been working with and mostly like include:

You don’t actually need all of these things for a nice manicure, you can file, base coat, two coats of polish, top coat and still have a great looking set of digits. If you’re interested the above products are all sold at Ulta or can be found in my dungeon. Come get you’re nails did!


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