Love fresh nails? Twenty minutes is all it takes to create a classic mini mani from the comfort of your own home. Think TV on, wine poured – when I have time, I love to add it to a DIY Sunday evening. It’s quite therapeutic in that it allows time to unwind and prepare for anything the week ahead has in store.
Essie Polish Mini Mani
Here I share my standard steps to this Essie Polish mini mani The brand is so easy to find in Priceline, or and I recently bought a whole lot of polishes from Essie, plus they have the entire range of beautiful colours and full nail the prep and top coat products.
6-Step Mini Mani
Half an hour is all it takes to prepare your hands for whatever life throws at them. I put this mini mani using Essie Polish into six simple steps.
For a solid base, give your nails a once-over with some nail polish remover. Acetone-free is a good choice, add to a cotton wool ball and ensure your nails are free of all dirt and oil.
Use your favourite medium grain buffer to smooth out those nail edges. Lightly buff one way and try shape all nails evenly into the shape you like. My favourite shape is the ‘squoval’ which is a mix between ‘square’ and ‘oval’ shaped nails.
Apply a thin layer of base coat such as Essie’s Protein base coat and allow a minute for it to dry.
Starting from the bottom of your nail and working up and out, apply about 2 coats of polish till you reach full coverage of your desired nail colour.
Liberally apply a glossy top coat. Quick dry coats are a bonus if you find a good one so you can go back to your weekend right away.
TIP: Nail polish application does not have to be perfect. You can clean up the edges with a cotton wool bud or remover at the end after the paint is dry to make it a faster process.
To ensure the first few layers of your new mani are set, pop your hands in a bowl of cold water. They will not be fully dry but set enough to be able to go about your daily routine, carefully.
Now all you need to do is get your beauty sleep and let your nails dry thoroughly overnight. The quick Essie Polish dry helped a lot. Otherwise, at least 8 hours sleep will give you the most beautiful shine and resilience to your manicure, as well as your mind!
Voila!! You have an Essie polish mini mani worth getting out of bed for. Happy Monday.