Applying Sally Hansen’s Instant Cuticle Remover would be the next step. I had heard so many great things about this that I just needed to pick it up. I love that it’s a drugstore product. Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler from Sally’s Beauty Supply is also really inexpensive and works really well as a base coat for me. I’m not totally sure it’s meant to be a base coat, but I don’t like applying too many things to my nails at once, and I need my ridges filled in if I want a nice application. This product works like a charm. Next, I like to apply Essie’s Apricot Cuticle Oil. I find that applying a cuticle oil helps me with cleanup after I’m done!
Bubble Bath by OPI is a wonderful shade if you’re into pale pink nudes. This is probably my absolute favorite shade and my most worn color in my collection. I’m not the greatest nail artist so I usually do three coats if two is looking streaky. To finish up, I apply Seche Vite, the best top coat I’ve ever found. My nails dry rock solid and super shiny!
The most important steps to follow are the hand lotion and the cuticle oil. If you’re not painting your fingernails, the other steps could be skipped. But in the winter, you need the hydration and protection from hangnails!
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