You Will Get Healthier Nails If It's The Last Video I Ever Do! (It's Not)

Whether you want a better canvas for all of the awesome nail art I'm teaching you or you just want to stop the peeling and breaking, here's how to do a nail-health makeover.
Publish date:
March 22, 2013
manicures, How-To, nail polishes, nail files, videos

So I've heard from a few of you who've been like, "Glennis, I wanna do your nail art ideas, but my nails are in no shape for that shizz!"

I hear ya. So before we cover our nails, we need to cover our bases. I'ma teach you how to mani, teach you, teach you how to mani.

The fun and games are OVER and it’s time to get down to business. Oh, who am I kidding--I don’t know anything but fun when it comes to nails! Wheeeeeexcept when it comes to nail health. I take that very seriously.

Before we get fancy, we need to learn the basics. I often take for granted my nail knowledge gained in school, so today’s video covers cutting and filing your nails, plus a few pointers on nail health.

Don’t worry if your nail skills need some work. I've been doing this for years, so my hands are skilled. Just remember the words a wise old improv teacher used on the first day of class: “You can’t just walk on stage and smash your guitar Jimi Hendrix-style. Start with the chords; work up to the smash.”

The same goes for the art of the manicure. Great nails won’t happen overnight. Practice on yourself, practice on your friends and pretty soon you will have some seriously smashing nails (and nail art).

A few questions have come in so let's get to those as well!

Rebecca asks: "What are the best but affordable nail art supplies. And what are the really essential supplies?"

All Season Professional makes my favorite brushes. Their 4 Pack Brush Set from Sally’s is the perfect starter set. I'm not working with tape yet, but when I do I'll give you a heads up on the best brands.

My essential nail supplies include Nail Tek Step One, Nail Envy by OPI, a really good nail file (make sure it’s for use on natural nails as opposed to acrylics) and Seche Vite topcoat. Start there and build your supplies as you go.

Teresa asks: "Do you use some kind of flash-dry stuff for the art you do on your nails? Or do you just let them air dry? How long do you wait before adding detail to the tiny paintings on your nails?"

Good questions! If you're doing nail art with a lot of detail, the first nail you paint should be pretty dry by the time you get to your last. I always try and wait about three minutes between the first coats of color and the first stroke of the nail art brush just to make sure my base color doesn't run.

The rule of thumb (THUMB! Ha! I can't stop. Seriously, someone help…) when doing your nails--no matter what you're doing--is patience. Take your time and you'll have a manicure you can take pride in and one that will last for up to 5 days!

Leave your questions below and let me know what specifics you'd like covered in future videos!