The Naked Nail: A How-To

Who says you need polish to look polished? I recently read this article from Glamour about naked, buffed nails becoming a trend. Apparently they’ve been spotted on red carpets in Hollywood, and I think it’s a fun contrast to all the wildly popular nail art we’ve been seeing. I have to admit, I also like the idea of this look because I’m a mom and hairstylist, and polish rarely lasts more than a day for me. I love a fun color for special occasions, but naked nails are just more practical for everyday wear.

Just because these fingers are bare, it doesn’t mean they’ve been ignored! This trend is about nails that are pretty, healthy, well-groomed, and buffed to a chic shine. It is a great way to do something a little special without the annoyance of having to pull out the acetone 24 hours later. Follow the super simple step-by-step tutorial to perfect the art of the naked nail.

  • The Naked Nail: A How-To 1 of 10
  • Shape Nails 2 of 10

    If it's necessary, trim your nails and then file them into whatever shape you desire. I prefer mine to be oval, but you can certainly do a square or a currently in vogue pointed nail.
    Pick up a Tweezerman Recyclable File at Walgreens. $2.50

  • Soak 3 of 10

    Soak nails in warm, soapy water for 5 minutes to soften cuticles and make them easier to push back. You will need to do each hand separately since you will need the other to work with. You can buy a fancy manicure bowl, but I'm just using an empty to-go container.
    Marianna Manicure Bowls can be purchased at Sally Beauty Supply. $1.99

  • Apply Cuticle Remover 4 of 10

    Apply your favorite cuticle remover and allow it to sit for the amount of time specified in the instructions on the packaging.
    Sally Hansen Gel Cuticle Remover is available at Drugstore. $4.59

  • Push Cuticles Back 5 of 10

    Use a metal cuticle pusher to gently push back cuticles.
    Pick up a Mehaz Cuticle Pusher at Folica. $19.99

  • Nip Excess Cuticle and Hangnails 6 of 10

    Be extremely cautious when nipping cuticles! It's easy to cut too deeply or nick skin, which can cause an infection. Take care to just nip away loose cuticle buildup or hangnails. At this point, go ahead switch hands and follow the same steps from soaking to nipping cuticles on the other hand.

    Studio 35 Beauty Mini Cuticle Nipper is available at Walgreens. $16.99


  • Buff Nails 7 of 10

    Buffers are generally available in two styles: nail file-shaped and block-shaped. Both will come with at least 2 different grits. Use the slightly rougher side to buff out imperfections, and then follow with the smooth side to deliver a high shine.
    OPI Brilliance Block can be found at Ulta. $5.95

  • Apply Hand Cream 8 of 10

    Moisturize your hands and nails with hand cream.
    Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream is available at Neutrogena. $4.99

  • Apply Cuticle Oil or Cream 9 of 10

    Cuticles have the tendency to become really dry and brittle. Give them a little extra nourishment with a cuticle oil or cream.
    Pick up CND Solar Oil at Beyond Polish. $4.95

  • Admire The Difference 10 of 10

    Voila! Pretty, shiny nails that look healthy and chic with no lacquer required.

Article Posted 5 years Ago

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