Angelita’s Thursday Blog, Let’s talk Nails!

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Hello Beautiful models and fans of Style & Curve. It’s Angelita Aronce Sorensen here with my weekly blog.   I actually shared this blog just over a year ago but I’ve noticed here lately that some models aren’t taking the time to manicure their nails for their photo shoots.  So, today I want to talk about nails and how much of a difference it will make in your photo shoot because a messy nail look is not pleasant to look at.  You’d be surprised to see a beautiful photo of a model but your eyes are drawn to her chipped polish or dirty nails.    I’ve seen many gorgeous photographs of models and then I can see that the nails are messy with chipped nail polish or an unkempt manicure.  I was also guilty of not always taking care of my nails prior to a photo shoot but that is no longer the case.  I just love nail polish (I have many) and I love being able to grow out my own nails but sometimes one or two will break and I have to cut them all off and start over.  Many models, including myself, have gotten acrylic nails, sculptured nails, solar nails, etc.  They look beautiful but it is high maintenance and can get expensive.  Over time this type of manicure causes our nails to become thin, weak and brittle.  After I had mine removed, it was 3 months before I had nice healthy nails again.  They are also so thick that I am unable to put on a necklace myself because the clasp is usually small and the nail is too thick to open the clasp so I haven’t had them done in acrylic for the last two years and I never will again.  In the image above, I actually took the time do a traditional nail polish manicure in a teal blue polish then used a glitter nail polish top coat and you can see the results but it took me a while to do it and those are my natural nails.  In the image below is one where I have acrylic nails.

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I will still paint my nails in a traditional manner when I have the time to do so but in the past two years, I have found two products for a perfect photo shoot manicure every time that doesn’t take long to do.   The first product is Impress Press on Manicure when you have short nails and don’t have time to get them done or want a quick solution that won’t harm your nails.  The website to see this product is www.mpressmanicure.com When done properly, you not only a perfect manicure but they stay on your nails for up to a week.  They come in many colors, designs, short length or a longer length.   Personally, I like the short length because I do so much with my hands.  I can do all the normal every day things but I always use gloves when washing dishes.  There are only three of us in my family so I won’t use a dishwasher and it’s a waste of water for just a few dishes.  You’ll feel when they start to get loose so you can easily remove them and they come off your nails without taking any of the nail layers off or harming your nails in any way.  The photo below is one where I’m wearing this type of manicure.  In the image below, I’m wearing an Impress Press on Manicure

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My absolute favorite manicure product is the Sally Hansen, Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips.  They come in cool patterns, designs, animal prints, solid colors and everything in between.  The notes on the package state that they last for up to two weeks but in my personal experience, they can last up to a whole month.  As long as you start off with clean nails, push your cuticles back they will definitely last up to a month.  The directions tell you that they are instantly dry and ready but I have found that you need to avoid any nail contact for about an hour and they will not come off or chip.  When my nails are shorter, I will use one strip, stretch it on to my nail, fold it over and they tear off easily and then use the same strip for the opposite finger.  I can get two full uses out of them when my nails are shorter.  As my nails grow out, I can only get one full use but then I will take the left over strips, seal them up in an airtight bag and the next time I purchase that design, I can use the existing ones I have.  I can usually get three full manicures with two boxes of nail strips.  The official Sally Hansen website is http://sallyhansen.com/search/apachesolr_search/salon%20effects I also found a YouTube video tutorial that shows you how to apply the nail polish strips.  It’s a good tutorial but I’ve mentioned some tricks to get more uses out of them above and I don’t use a clear topcoat because I found that the nail polish strip lasts longer when I don’t use a topcoat.  You can find several tutorials on YouTube but this is the one I liked best.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsfnUgkj-3k I also like the fact that my nails grow out and don’t break as often.  In the image below, I’m wearing a really cool Ed Hardy type design.

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Again, nails are often overlooked and I have been guilty of it myself.  As models we tend to ensure we have great make-up and a nice wardrobe but it’s a little detail like a good manicure that can turn a nice image into a nearly perfect image when showing your hands.  Of course these are great tips even if you’re not a model.   As always, take control of your future, even if it means smashing through preconceived boundaries in this industry. Don’t allow anyone to tell you that you can’t go after your dreams and until next week, stay positive!

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