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.
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!
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 Colour Riche Top Coat 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.