Freshen Up An Old Mani

Do you ever wish you had the ability to magically freshen up your (old) mani when you’re in a pinch? I have an idea for you! After a gel manicure has lasted 2-3 weeks, there’s obvious growth at the cuticle. Why not fill that gap in with some sparkle?! It’s the perfect solution for (but not limited to):

  1. Stretching out your manicure

  2. A last minute event

  3. Switching up your look

If you have a nail that has totally chipped and seems unsalvageable, just file it down as best as you can and apply glitter to the entire nail. So that you have a total glitter nail or 2 or 3. Can you see which finger I did this to in my video? After the sparkle is applied, finish with a regular top coat. I used a detail brush and ombre brush from The Gel Bottle to achieve this look. And Morgan Taylor’s “Sprinkle of Twinkle”.

Your nail tech might curse you if you show up to your appointment with a wad of unexpected glitter, so be kind and try to remove it the night before you go in. The reason why I say ‘the night before’ is because it’s possible the acetone could also loosen your existing gel polish underneath. In the event it does, you don’t want to be walking around too long with a mess on your hands.

The best way to remove heavy sparkle is to drench pieces of cotton with acetone, and let it sit for about a minute. This will help loosen the grips of the glitter from the nail. You might have to do a bit of gentle buffing to remove the remnants. If you don’t have time to do this on your own, I would let your nail tech know in case extra time needs to be scheduled. Be prepared to pay a little extra if there is a fee for the service.

This may sound like a whole lot of  work just for some “fresh” nails, but you gotta do what you gotta do!