I don’t post much beauty or fashion on Lemon Thistle, mostly because I just don’t have time for that since kiddos. But every once in a while I get asked ‘how’d you do that?’ or ‘what do you do for…?’ enough times that I feel like it’s worth sharing. So here goes my first ever mani tutorial! It’s the easiest ever, and takes only 10 minutes start to finish- because, seriously, what mom has time for more? This is the perfect fool-proof manicure to give yourself as you run out the door to a wedding (speaking from experience) and is great if you’re not confident painting your nails because I’ve taken all the tricky parts out of it (you don’t even have to go near your cuticles with colour!).
Ready for the 10 second how-to?
See? Simple! Just tape off the ends of your nails, straight across. I use washi tape for this but scotch tape should work great too, just make sure whatever you use you press it down firmly, leaving no gaps for the polish to sneak through. Give yourself one or two coats of colour- I LOVE instant dry nail polish, which speeds this up even more. This polish isn’t instant dry but I’m addicted to the colour so it was worth the wait. Peel the tape off while the polish is still wet and wait for it to dry. You can stop here, but if you want it to last more than a couple days, give yourself a top coat over the whole nail before you run out the door! The top coat really makes a difference. Because I was in a rush the last time I did this (as I ran out the door for a wedding) I only did the top coat on one hand and that hand outlasted the other by DAYS. So it’s worth the few minutes if you have them.
Do you take time to do your nails ever? I am such a perfectionist it always takes me SO long and I’m almost guaranteed to get pulled into doing something (*cough* a child wakes up*) and wreck it before I’m done. So I always do my toes and leave my fingers for special occasions.
I love this! I’m definitely a perfectionist when it comes to my nails. I’ve definitely given up halfway through. I love how easy and adorable these are!
Oh, I’ve given up more than once! I’m so glad I’m not the only one!
I paint my toenails ALWAYS but don’t have time (or maybe it’s patience?) for my fingernails – to sit there and do them OR to wait for them to dry. Even when I think they’re dry, they’re not and I smudge them all up. One day I’ll remember to buy instant dry polish and maybe I’ll paint them more often. Then at least I can hide the dirt and gunk under my fingernails ;)
Hahah I’m right on board with you. Instant dry is the best invention :)
What a great idea! Love how it turned out!
Thanks so much Darcy! It’s the only way I do my nails lately :)
this is brilliant! Thanks for this – definitely gonna give it a go!
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Thanks so much Tianna! I’d love to see a photo if you do :)
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Love this! Have you ever tried Jamberry nails! Though they take longer, they last longer, and they have to dry time so if a kiddo needs your attention while you’re doing your nails you totally can! They even have french tips! bybmg.jamberrynails.net
You know what- I have! And I failed miserably! I’m not sure what I did wrong but they were all wonky and didn’t last very long at all. BUT I have a new set sitting, waiting for me to make a second attempt so I should probably get at it!
I love how your nails turned out! I’ll have to try this! Thanks for linking up with How I Style It!
Thanks so much Jill! If you try it, I’d love to see how it turns out!
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I still think I would mess it up! Would love you to come over and join my weekly link up :) http://bit.ly/1Dt9VVI
Haha, I’ve been known to- the quick dry nail polish really makes a difference though!
Cute video, thank you for sharing on Oh My Heartsie Girl Feature Friday
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What a great idea! I will have to give this a try.
Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you Thursday.
Thanks so much Alice, if you do try it I’d love to see how it turns out!
Cute nails!Thanks for sharing with Fun Fashion Friday!
Thanks so much Dawn!
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This is such a great idea! I found your blog through the link party and am so glad that I did.
Thanks so much Alicia! I’m so glad you’re here :)