What nail art brushes do you use?
I use the MASH 15-piece nail art brush set that you can find for $10.99 on Amazon. The two brushes I use the most from that set are the mid-length striper and the small detailing brush. I cut half the bristles off each one to make them smaller and easier to control - I definitely prefer them this way!

What dotting tools, striping tape, or other tools do you use?
I use these dotting tools and this striping tape from Amazon, but you can also get them on eBay or other online nail art suppliers.

How do you paint your nails so neatly/how do you clean up your nails?
I still don't paint my nails neatly all the time but I've gotten much better simply due to A LOT of practice. When I first started out, I found two tutorials from Lacquerized and they changed my nail painting and cleanup game forever: this tutorial on how to paint your nails, and this tutorial on how to clean up. I use pure acetone and an E.L.F. angled eyeliner brush for my cleanup.

What topcoat and base coat do you use?
I use Seche Vite topcoat, which I purchase from Amazon because I can't find it anywhere nearly as cheaply. I use Duri Rejuvacote as my basecoat (which I also get from Amazon). Occasionally I intersperse with OPI Natural Nail basecoat.

How do you keep your nails and cuticles healthy?
I don't have a strict nail-care regimen; I basically just moisturize as often as I think about it. The only thing I do every single day is slather my hands in Philosophy's scented body butter at night, paying special attention to my cuticles and the skin around my nails.

During the day I use lotion a couple times if I think about it. Most mornings I apply Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme on the way to work. If my cuticles are really dry and upset I use Badger Cuticle Care - I have never found another product that works as well as this! I also push back my cuticles just using my thumb nail while I'm moisturizing or in the shower.

My nails used to be thin, fragile, peeling messes until I started using Duri Rejuvacote on them. I don't even follow the bottle instructions - I just use it as a base coat whenever I paint my nails - and my nails have NEVER been stronger. I can't recommend Rejuvacote enough if you have fragile, peely nails!

I also put on lotion before I do my nails, and while this shortens the life of most of my manicures considerably, it's totally worth it because it's really helped my nails stay healthier.

Do you paint on false nails or your natural nails?
I only paint on my own natural nails.

How do you shape your nails?
If they've gotten overly long I cut them and then file them straight across in one direction. I also file the sides a bit to prevent them from flaring out because NOTHING drives me more nuts than that. I round the corners a little so I don't accidentally stab myself, and that's it!

How do you photograph your nails?
I use a Nikon D40 and manually white-balance it for the incandescent lamp coming from my ceiling light. Then I climb up on a chair and take my pictures right underneath the bulb. I look like an idiot doing this but it's my favorite type of light (except indirect daylight, which is inconvenient because I always paint my nails at night).

If you have a question that you don't see the answer to, please feel free to email me at whitney@dressedupnails.com!

1 comment:

  1. You are so talented I wish I had skills like you ;)

    Questions- Are you a lefty or righty?? I'm righty and so my left nails are presentable though my right nails usually are horrible when I'm trying to do patterns similar to yours I've seen on IG. Any tips?? Would totally appreciate it;)


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