Hi, Everyone! Today I’ve got some more manicure tips and tricks to share with ya. I swear, I’m like a mani/pedi encyclopedia! I’ve been doing this stuff since I was about 3 or 4 when, way back in the day, I had Megan’s Beauty Shop (real original, I know) and I would put makeup on my mom, cousins, and aunts and do their nails! Really, bless their hearts for letting my 3 year old hands near makeup AND their faces. haha Today, I also wanna share with you guys how I go about doing manicures and pedicures for my clients, because it can sometimes be a tricky thing to charge for. I’ll explain all that in a second, but first I wanna show ya’ll the newest manicure I did myself, just a few nights ago! I’m not much for girlie-girlie colors (I love edgy things) so I used peach and white and then added in some silver and black and did some really fun patters. Check it out:
The end result was a liiiiitle too sloppy for my taste because I’m extremely OCD when it comes to nails, but overall, I really liked this fun, edgy look and I’ll probably recreate it using brighter colors for summer this year! If ya’ll wanna do this look yourself, it’s pretty easy, just takes some patience! Some people like to use tape to get straight lines, but I find that sometimes that can ruin your polish, so I just like to layer my colors. Nail pens are actually really great for that as well. I can get through an entire manicure and have it be perfect, but I am literally the most impatient person that has ever walked the face of this Earth, so I almost always mess it up during drying time. Never fails. haha Even if you aren’t impatient, no one likes waiting for their mani to dry, so I’m gonna share my tricks on how to speed up that drying time!
Check out Sally’s Beauty Supply. I found an amazing product there that dries nails in about 30 seconds, not even kidding you. It’s called Dry Kwik and it looks exactly like a top or base coat. Same clear liquid, same bottle, same everything… except that the product is magic! You let your polish dry for about a minute and then swipe this stuff over it. Bada-bing, bada-boom, your nails are dry! Plus, since this has the consistency of an oil, after your nails dry, you rub it into your cuticles for a really nice, polished look.
Use Pam. Yeah, you read that right! You know, that non-stick cooking spray? Let your nails dry for a little bit before and then use that! It will significantly cut down your drying time. The downside is that it is pretty messy, so use it over a sink! And it tends to be a bit of a water repellent, so washing your hands takes some extra time, but if you’re in need of a drying agent, it gets the job done.
Run under cold water. You guys have probably heard of this one. It’s obviously the most simple one to get done, but it also doesn’t have the significant drying effect that the first two do. After you paint your nails, run them under cold water for about 5 seconds each. It won’t be an instant thing, but it really does help solidify your polish faster.
These three tricks are tried and true and I use them often! You can also apply thinner coats of polish or look for instant drying polish as well. Do some trial and error and see what method works best for you and then stick with it!
Now on to the tricky stuff. Everyone who knows me knows that I do makeup. Only a few people know that I actually offer some other beauty services as well. Along with makeup applications, I also do private makeup classes, manicures, and pedicures. If you would like to hear all about my makeup artist story and see how I got my start, check back later this week because I plan on doing a whole blog post about that! Anyway, when people find out that I do manis and pedis, they’re excited! As they should be! I offer those services much, much cheaper than what you would get at a salon. Figuring out what to charge people is a tricky issue sometimes for freelance makeup artists (again, if you wanna hear more about my normal rates, how to determine what to charge, discounts, etc, check back in a few days!). My normal rate for manicures and pedicures is $10. That includes me using all of my own products and my packages include: basic foot/hand massages, scrubs, deep moisturizing, oils, and then polish application. I also offer hot wax services, which includes all of this as well, for $15. But, some of the time, my clients just want a quick polish job, with no other fancy stuff. Then I run major discounts and charge around $5. If they only want a polish job and they bring their own polish, it’s free! There’s no need to charge them if I’m not using my stuff.
I love what I do and I’m so thankful that I get paid to do this every day. I make my own hours and charge my own rates and still make a really great living off of it. If you think the beauty industry is for you and wanna learn more or you’ve already got a job doing this and are trying to figure out rates and things like that, be sure to check up on my next few posts and I’ll explain everything to ya! Until then I hope this helped a little bit and I hope ya’ll enjoyed my manicure tips above. Have a fantastic day, I’ll talk to ya’ll later!
XOXO, Megan (: