Improve Your Manicure with Vinegar
Vinegar can help sanitize your nails during do-it-yourself manicures and speed drying, too. It can also help with French Tips.
Step ONE: Find a small bottle that sprays a fine mist, such as the pen-shaped see-through spray tubes that hand sanitizer comes in. These are sold for a dollar or two at most drugstores . Empty the bottle or tube and rinse it out, then fill it with vinegar.
Step TWO: After washing and drying your hands, simply spray the vinegar over your nails and air dry for a few seconds.
Step THREE: When your nails are completely dry, apply your polish.
Vinegar is a good germ killer, so this treatment will aid in protecting your nails against infection. A quick application of vinegar also helps the polish adhere better to the nail surface, so you will have less chipping and flaking.
Like French Tips? I use correction tape from the office product stores as a leave-on nail guide for for my French tips. There was a little learning curve getting it to go on right and some of the brands work better than others for helping with do-it-yourself French Tips, but after a little experimentation, now I have it down.
I start out by spraying my nails with vinegar and let them dry before applying a smoothing base coat. My favorite is Complete Care 4-in-1 Treatment. When the base coat is dry, then I press a strip of correction tape down in a curved line about one third from the top of the nail. When positioned, it tears off clean from each side of the nail and then I spray with vinegar again to smooth the tape. It doesn’t matter if the tape covers the whole nail tip because this is just a guide and I am going to touch it up with white polish anyway. If tape overlaps the top of the nail, a file will take it off neatly.
After filIing in with the white polish, I spray the tips with vinegar again to help speed the drying time before applying a top coat. Over the top coat, I prefer to use Sally Hansen’s wonderful Insta-Dri Speed Dry Drops, although cold water followed by a thin coat of mineral oil will tide me over in a pinch.