The Five Minute Manicure

Who’s got the time to get their nails done? Between cleaning cooking and running after our kids I’m sure you don’t have much time to pamper yourself. Me either! If you do though, let me know your secret to having time!


Going in for a manicure is the last thing I have time to do! But doing my nails at home keeps me from biting my nails, it’s a terrible habit I’ve always had for as long as I can remember. What I like to do is after I shower I take at least five minutes to do my nails. That way my cuticles are nice and soft. I keep all my nail polish and everything else in a little tin in the bathroom. I like to use a cuticle cutter but if you’re the type of person that likes to push them back then that’s fine too. Remove any old polish with a polish remover.

Let’s backtrack here. If you need to shape your nails do that before you hit the shower. You can break your nails if you do that afterwards since they’d be soft from the shower. But after you come out of the shower and finished with your normal routine you can finish by applying your favorite nail polish. I also use a nail hardener as a base coat. All you’ve got to do is wait a minute or so for the nails to dry and you’re all set!

Mami’s Tip: my Mami taught me in order to reduce chipping apply your nail polish in three nice strokes: One in the middle and one on each side. It’s also a good idea to start with the pinky and work your way to your thumb. You should paint all your fingers before starting the second coat. (Two coats should do it). It would also cut your time if you get fast drying nail polish. And Listo! Pretty nails for at least the next 5-7 days!

Share some tips on how you give yourself a quick manicure!

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