Don’t you hate sloppy manicures? You’re elated to have dazzling digits full of color but don’t want to show them off! Before I developed a super-steady hand I needed a quicker solution. Come with me on my journey of discovery!
The first solution to coloring outside the lines was a cotton swab dipped in remover. I was smart enough to pour the remover into the cap for easy dipping (like a quill into an inkwell) but this method would tend to take off color from the nail bed. Enter pointed cotton swabs. But even though I could get the nail wall without touching the bed, these didn’t hold as much remover and dried out quickly.
I tried a specially-made remover-filled stick for cuticle clean-up with attachable cotton tips. These were less fibrous than swabs, but took a lot of work to get the product out, and are only good for one use. I hate these. You can’t even fill the marker with additional remover. Waste of money.
Next I learned the Nailluminati were using makeup or art brushes dipped in acetone. For a while I preferred a stiff brow brush cut at an angle. The point helped me get the corners. Then I learned about the elf concealer brush. Even cheaper and stiff enough but gentle like a little kitten tongue! But acetone wears a brush down after a while, and I would need to clean it with soap and water after every manicure. Tedious.
But a new day has dawned! Someone finally figured out how to nip the problem in the bud before it started. Painters are laying down a layer of latex around the cuticle BEFORE painting! The more blogs I read the more I keep seeing products like this, but this was the first I saw.
Liquid Latex Fashions liquid latex. Brush on a thin or thick layer. I used an acrylic paint brush with a rounded tip. It’s a lot like the elf concealer brush but bigger. Use a toothpick to remove any product from the nail bed. I prefer a thin layer because it takes a while to dry. Next time I may try a blow dryer to speed up the 5-minute wait time.
Simply paint your design, and once your nail color dries…
Remove with a toothpick or your fingers! As easy as pulling off school glue! The texture is snappy and rubbery like those gummy adhesives they use for magazine samples. The smell of the product is a little fishy so don’t hover over it. You may develop a huffing problem. I hold my breath.
This is my favorite new nail hack! What’s yours?