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How to Master the Perfect At-Home Holiday Mani, According to a Celebrity Nail Stylist

Celebrity nail stylist Gina Edwards shares her secrets for achieving salon-worthy nails at home – and it’s all about before and after care.

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As the holiday season unfolds, our calendars brim with festivities and commitments. Amidst this whirlwind of activities, finding time for salon appointments becomes a luxury. This is where the art of DIY manicures, guided by the expertise of Gina Edwards, a celebrity nail stylist and KISS Products ambassador, becomes invaluable. Offering a blend of convenience, affordability, and style, Gina’s expertise can transform your nail care routine into an enjoyable home spa experience. Ahead, we tapped Gina for some of her top tips and tricks to empower you to create salon-worthy nails at home.

Why DIY? By mastering at-home manicures, you not only save precious time but also embrace the freedom to experiment with various styles at your convenience. Gina’s recommended KISS products provide an easy, affordable way to achieve professional results. Whether it’s a last-minute party invitation or a desire for a seasonal nail makeover, having the skills and tools for an at-home manicure ensures you’re always ready to dazzle.

Embracing Holiday Nail Trends

The holiday season is synonymous with glamour, and this year, Gina observes a trend towards opulent 3D manicures featuring glitter, stones, and shimmer. Her top advice for achieving these extravagant looks? Begin with thorough nail preparation. This includes meticulously cleaning the nail bed and applying polish or nail tips with precision. By following these steps, you ensure your holiday manicure is not only striking but also long-lasting.

Mastering Pre and Post Nail Care

Gina stresses the importance of nail preparation and aftercare for a flawless DIY manicure. Her go to: The KISS Before and After Kit ($6.99), which is a comprehensive solution that simplifies nail prep and care. “This essential kit includes all the necessary tools – files, buffers, a cuticle push tool, and moisturizing pads – accompanied by easy-to-follow instructions,” explains Gina. By starting with well-prepped nails and following through with proper aftercare, you ensure your DIY manicure not only looks fabulous but also promotes the health and strength of your natural nails.

How to Use The KISS Before and After Kit

The KISS Before Kit is designed to prepare your natural nails for false nail application, maximizing durability and wear. Conversely, the KISS After Kit focuses on the safe and gentle removal of false nails, safeguarding your natural nails from damage. These kits are central to Gina’s approach, ensuring that every step of your manicure, from preparation to removal, is handled with care. By incorporating these steps into your routine, you maintain the integrity of your natural nails and enhance the overall quality and appearance of your false nails.

Expert Removal

What’s the best way to remove glue-on or press-on nails? The method is faster and easier than you may think. Gina swears by KISS GlueOFF ($5.99)

KISS Glue OFF Instant False Nail Remover takes the hassle out of removal. It works in minutes, with no soaking time or damage from trying to pull nails off. The gel loosens the bond, and the chisel tip nudges false nails off.

How to Use KISS Glue OFF
  1. Remove cap and apply Glue OFF along cuticle.
  2. Wait 1 minute while the nail glue remover softens and dissolves the nail glue build-up.
  3. Use the chisel tip to lift off false nails, and then wipe off softened glue with paper towel.
  4. Do not force or pull off false nails.
  5. Repeat process as necessary.
  6. Use nail buffer to remove glue residue on natural nail and smooth the surface.
  7. After use, close cap to secure

After removing your nails, Gina recommends indulging in a nourishing hand mask, with Aquaphor being an excellent option. These treatments not only rejuvenate your skin and nails but also ensure they remain healthy and ready for your next at-home nail art adventure.

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Janene Mascarella