What screams summer better than white nails reminiscent of wite-out?! Except it's not actually wite-out...stay with me here. It's Essie's Blanc. A true white that is opaque in color. It has become my celebratory summer nail color. And I love the way the white pops against my skin. It's difficult to apply, yes; it can be chalky, streaky, and show imperfections too easy for my liking. But, I have a few tips that I follow that may help you.
Step One: start with nails completely removed of polish. i like to buff mine to provide a smooth canvas before applying the polish and i swear this helps the polish last longer. if i have time, i apply a base coat. if you don't have time, start out by applying one thin coat of essie 'blanc.' this serves as the base or the 'primer', if you will. look away because if you are like me, you will be tempted to take the polish off because it hurts your eyeballs to look at your nails. umm, ok not literally. but seriously, don't worry about the streaks.
Step Two: once the first coat is set and dry, go ahead and apply a second fuller coat. for me, two coats is enough to get the perfect white lacquer. for others, three may be enough.
Step Three: do not skip this step, it is essential to any manicure. add one layer of 'no chips ahead' and let dry completely. the top coat helps to seal the polish preventing it from chipping and makes it shine. ever had a polish dry to a matte? not cute! my polish lasts a good 4-5 days without any chipping. LET DRY COMPLETELY.
A Few Tips:
- roll (don't shake) the polish bottle between your hands; this keeps bubbles out.
- to keep your hands (and feet) extra moisturized, soak them in a little olive oil and lemon juice once a week. this also helps soften the cuticles. you can also do this right before the mani.
- bottle of polish drying out or thickening? add a drop or two of nail polish remover to help thin it out.
- if you're in a rush, place hands in freezer or ice water to help dry faster.
P.S. Thank you so much for those of you who emailed me on what to check out in the Lake George area. We didn't get to do everything we wanted, but that just gives us an excuse to go back right?!