With the arrival of BECCA's juicy summer nail colours, we caught up with Session Manicurist, Katie Jane Hughes, to get her tips for the perfect 20 minute manicure at home in eight simple steps…
WHAT YOU NEED ¬
Gentle nail file, buffing block, cuticle oil, small lip brush, cuticle pusher, nail polish remover, BECCA 2-in-1 Base/Top Coat, BECCA Nail Colour.
STEP ONE ¬
Gently file the length of your nails to shape or shorten.
STEP TWO ¬
If necessary, gently push back any over grown cuticles with a cuticle pusher.
STEP THREE ¬
Lightly buff the nail surface to remove any old build up and create a smooth surface for the polish.
STEP FOUR ¬
Coat each nail with one thin, even coat of BECCA 2-in-1 Base/Top Coat.
STEP FIVE ¬
With your chosen shade of BECCA Nail Colour, paint two very thin coats of polish over the nails. Ensure you always gently touch the tip of the nail with the colour – this seals the end and adds longevity to the polish as any typing or manual work with not chip the nails instantly.
STEP SIX ¬
Dip the small lip brush into the nail polish remover, then very carefully sweep the brush around the cuticle area. This cleans up any uneven mess around the edges.
STEP SEVEN ¬
Finish with a thin, even coat of BECCA 2-in-1 Base/Top Coat to seal and add gloss to the nails. Don't forget to cap the edges by painting the tip of the nail.
STEP EIGHT ¬
Wait for about one minute, then carefully apply cuticle oil around the cuticle and sides of the nail.
• Don't soak your nails in water before you do your nails, as the nail soaks up the water and swells. This can lead to premature chipping when the swelling goes down.
• Always use a good cuticle oil after you polish to help nails dry.
• File your nails in one direction only.
• For the most natural looking nail, the shape should mimic the cuticle.
• Don't overload the brush or nail with polish.
NOTE: Any purchase of BECCA's new summer collection, both their nail shades and their new Ultimate Colour Glosses, will get a FREE BECCA Top Coat!