Types of Manicure I Can Get
Nails, treated right, can be a thing of beauty, from the highlight of an outfit to its final touches. They can be as subtle or as expressive as you want them to be, from a basic beige to neon bright, add jewels, add art, keep them short or make them super long. It really is up to you.
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This ‘7 Types of Manicure‘ article is to help guide you on the types of manicures available to you when it comes to changing your nail colour, shape and style. The upkeep of your chosen manicure is also an important factor when choosing what type of manicure you can get. Some manicures will last days, while others weeks, some you’ll master at home, others you’ll need a professional who has already mastered the art.
For the health of your nails, and it goes for all types of manicure – do consider taking breaks between manicures, and always:
- Wash and clean under your nails.
- Moisturise your hands well.
- Exfoliate your hands and cuticles.
- File your nails, don’t clip.
7 Types of Manicure
Most manicures involve trimming, shaping and filing your nails. Cuticles are tidied up, which includes pushing them back and trimming them if needed, in most cases a cuticle balm, oil or cream is used during this stage. Your nails are then buffed and polished using the type of manicure you’ve decided. Here are seven types of manicure to choose from:
1. The Standard Manicure
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The Standard Manicure explained: The standard manicure covers your natural nail and is a three-step process. A base-coat is applied, followed by a coat or two of polish, then a top-coat. A drop of quick drying oil to each cuticle to help your nails dry quicker and keep them smudge free can be added too. Nails are usually left to air dry in natural light, which can take as long as 20 minutes, but a nail dryer can be used to speed this up.
Popular types of manicure that go with the standard manicure include French Polish, which gives a natural hue to your nails along with an exaggerated white tip. Although these French Manicure ideas are the types of manicure we should definitely get behind!
Removing standard polish is simple, simply use cotton pads and a regular nail varnish/ polish remover.
How long does it last: A good, standard manicure should last about five days, using the tips below can help them last a week.
Top Tips: A manicure on short nails will last longer. If you need to wash dishes or clean, wear gloves. Moisturise your hands often, and to help keep your manicure from chipping, apply an extra layer of clear top coat every couple of days.
2. The Vinylux Manicure
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The Vinylux Manicure explained: A Vinylux manicure is similar to a standard manicure as in it covers your natural nail. Differences however include the absence of a base-coat, quicker drying time and its promise of lasting longer – important factors that could help sway you. In essence a Vinylux manicure is a two-step process of specially formulated polish and top-coat. However two coats of the polish are usually applied before adding the top-coat. No UV light is needed and the polish should be dry within 10 minutes. Polish is simply removed with regular polish remover.
How long does it last: Seven days or longer
Top Tip: This option of manicure is perfect for those who want a manicure that lasts longer than a standard manicure but still want to be able to remove it or change their colour easily.
3. The Shellac Manicure
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The Shellac Manicure explained: As with a standard and Vinylux manicure, a Shellac Manicure covers your natural nails, and does not add length. Like a standard manicure a Shellac manicure is a three-step process when it comes to coats. A base coat is followed by two coats of polish and finished with one coat of top-coat.
However the difference between the manicures is the special Shellac formulation, which is a polish and gel, along with the addition of LED or UV Light. The gel of the Shellac manicure provides lasting power, the polish provides the colour and shine. Each coat is dried or cured under a LED or UV Light before the next coat is added.
How long does it last: Two weeks (or longer if you’re gentle on them)
Top Tip: Want to remove your shellac manicure yourself? Here’s a guide on ‘How to Remove Shellac Nail Polish at Home‘
4. The Acrylic Manicure
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The Acrylic Manicure explained: An Acrylic manicure is perfect for those who wish to add length, shape and art to their nails. Acrylics nails are an extension of your natural nail. Your natural nails are filed creating a rough surface suitable for the nail tip or mould to be glued. A ‘nail form’ can also be used to create the acrylic extension – a peel off sticker that guides the nail extension.
The special acrylic formula, made from a liquid monomer and a powder polymer is then combined together to form a paste. This paste is then added to create the nail extension. Shape, that provides both length and thickness is then given to the nails. Nails then cure, dry and harden naturally.