My mom is a licensed cosmetologist. While she was in school, years ago, I was her guinea pig for almost everything she was learning in class, which included, not only hair, but nails too. I had first hand experience with and knowledge of every beauty service she learned whether she performed it on me, let me perform it on her or I observed an appointment. Eventually, I started reading her cosmetology textbooks and began to dibble and dabble in her equipment and tools. When she wasn’t looking, I was using her supplies to experiment with acrylic nails, silk wrapping, and of course polishing with a little nail art on her mannequin hands.
With the above experience, I learned there are a few things that a girl MUST have in her manicure kit. All items listed below are what I consistently keep in my manicure kit.
Cream Cuticle Remover ($5)
A creamy or liquid based solution should saturate your cuticles while you submerse your nails in warm water. This helps to loosen the excess skin, making it easier to remove after pushing it back with the cuticle pusher.
Cuticle Cutter ($9)
This is used to trim hangnails and remove excess skin after the cuticles have been loosen by a cuticle remover solution and pushed back by a cuticle pusher. This tool can also be the reason you may end up with a blood drawn manicure so be careful when using.
Note: You should fille and shape your nails prior to using the cuticle remover solution and soaking your nails. It is best to do this while your nails are in its strongest state and not weakend by the moisture of water.
What’s in your manicure kit? What do you use it for?