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I’ve shared my favorite top coats with you in the past, but have never walked through a manicure, step-by-step. I never really thought about it.
But I recently started following the Zoya Naked Manicure system for my polish manis, and I thought I’d walk you through not just the steps, but my thoughts on the system and my results!
Let’s begin! I’m going to walk through the deets and thoughts on my recent Zoya Alicia mani!
Anatomy of a Manicure
I started out by removing my existing manicure with Remove +, which has been my Holy Grail nail polish remover for years now.
Remove + is a 3-in-1 nail polish remover, nail prep and nail conditioner product that’s very gentle on the nail and smells pleasant.
After making sure my nail beds, tips and surrounding cuticles were free from cotton ball lint, I applied the Naked Manicure Naked Base.
Naked Base is described by Zoya as “a nutrient-rich formula specifically created to refine the nail surface and to treat damage with a proprietary blend of vitamins, proteins, botanicals and sulfur amino acids that mimic the natural keratin structure of the nail.” Naked Base supports cellular renewal, oxygenation and hydration improving both flexibility and strength, according to the brand. It dries quickly.
After applying Naked Base, it’s on to the “Perfector.”
I applied one coat of Pink Perfector to my nails; Pink Perfector is described by Zoya as “a healthy pink glow that can also be layered with other shades to brighten and compliment a multitude of skin tones.” Pink Perfector, “uses optical diffusers and keratin fillers to create an ultra sheer veil that enhances the look of the natural nail,” according the brand website. It gave my nails a healthy look.
At this point, you add your nail polish color to your mani. So I did two coats of Zoya Alicia.
After Alicia came Glossy Seal, which is a classic, high-shine finish.
Glossy Seal was a great cap on top of my mani, but I wasn’t done yet.
I added Zoya Fast Drops Polish Drying Drops, one to each nail, and my nails were dry to the touch several minutes later.
My complete mani:
My manicure held up for four days before I got the tiniest of chips on one of my nails. I ended up removing the mani because, well, I’m a nail blogger and by nature, I’m always excited to do my nails and change colors and nail art pretty quickly!
As far as long-lasting impact on the color, strength and health of my nails, I don’t use nail polish much on all my nails enough to see what the impact may be. I did notice it seemed some of the damage I’d inflicted by improperly removing gel polish seemed to heal a bit after my Alicia mani.
Although I don’t use nail polish on all my fingers (I’ve been pretty obsessed with wraps lately, so I do a lot of polish accent fingers), whenever I do, THIS is the system and the routine I follow, and it has worked out so well!
If you are curious to try the Naked Manicure system, I highly recommend getting the starter kit. By itself, the base is $12, Perfector colors are $10 a piece and the Seal is $12. There’s also a Satin Seal option for $12, and a men’s starter kit. You can use the Glossy Seal over the Satin Seal, too.
Overall, I’m impressed with Naked Manicure and it’s become part of my polish routine. Have you tried it yet? What do you think?
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