Taking another look at my Zoya Kylie2 photos, I realized my nails were in desperate need of some attention. I normally give them a “manicure” (as in, change the polish and handle the cuticles) about once every two weeks, but clearly my regular routine was not cutting it. My nails looked stubby and the cuticles looked ragged even though I had done a full manicure the night before taking those photos.
So last night I took to the internet to find out what cuticle remover is most recommended (more on that tomorrow) and what I could do to increase the length of my nail beds, i.e. make my nails look longer without growing them out any more. I stumbled on this blog post from loodie loodie loodie with tips on how to gently push back your cuticles to reveal more existing nail.
I used LLL’s tips today along with a better cuticle softener/remover and here are the results, along with nail swatches of my new beauty, Zoya Piper. I think the results are great for one session and I’ll continue to keep up with this. One of her best tips was to gently push back your cuticles with just the pad of your finger when you think of it, which is definitely something I can do at my work or home computer desk.
Back to the polish: Piper is a muted rose pink that looks soft on my skin tone without matching it exactly. It’s got a milky jelly finish that’s slightly translucent after 2 thin coats and opaque after 3 thin coats. I think I prefer the opaque look, personally.
The color depth is somewhere between Zoya Addison and Essie Not Just A Pretty Face. I recently sold OPI Dulce de Leche, however from my recollection it was much more tan/brown than Piper.
I’ll let you know tomorrow which cuticle remover is my new favorite discovery. In the meantime, have you got any tips for making nail beds look longer, or any cuticle care tips in general?