Your nails but better.
The “less is more” approach to beauty has been going strong for a while now and after several seasons of natural looking faces, the trend has finally turned towards our nails. If you follow fashion at all, you may have noticed that many of the runway models at the last New York Fashion Week were rocking “barely there” manicures with just a hint of clear polish. And hey, if it’s good enough for runway models, it’s good enough for us, no?
Natural, well kept nails always look put together and go with absolutely everything in my book (no manicure remorse…hubba hubba!). However, unlike the aforementioned runway goddesses, the average beauty addict like myself may have discolored, brittle or otherwise (product) damaged nails which makes going completely or nearly bare on our finger tips a little daunting. Enter: Zoya Naked Manicure.
Different from a regular nude colored lacquer, the Zoya Naked Manicure system gives instant cosmetic benefits as it corrects the appearance of the nail while delivering intense therapeutic, long term benefits with a unique blend of vitamins, proteins and botanicals for stronger, healthier nails over time. The best part: It is super quick and easy!
The line consists of one base coat, two top coats (satin and glossy finish), a White Tip Perfector as well as five Color Perfectors. The latter can be worn individually or can be layered to match your exact skin tone. Prices range from $10-12.00 per bottle or $25.00-96.00 for different size starter kits.
As with any of Zoya’s polishes, while not free of all chemicals, the Naked Manicure system is 5-free (meaning it does not contain any toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin or dibutyl phthalate – the main carcinogenic chemicals found in many conventional nail polishes) and is vegan-friendly.
Here is how it works according to the Zoya website and the way I tweak it to make it work for me:
Step 1 – Prep the nail by shaping, gently buffing and cleaning up cuticles. This step is super important! With a simple look like this you want your hands looking their best.
Step 2 – Apply the Naked Manicure Naked Base (basecoat).
Step 3 – Apply two coats of the Naked Manicure Perfector of choice or customize your look by layering perfectors. The available shades are lavender (a recent “Allure Best of Beauty Breakthrough Award” winner to cool or correct discoloration), pink (to brighten), buff (to warm), nude (to soften) and mauve (to deepen). I chose the Buff Perfector as I have fair skin with warm undertones, and use only one coat which makes for a super fast drying time.
Step 4 – Apply the Naked Manicure Tip Perfector along the free edge of the nail to brighten, fill and finish. I skip this step altogether as my nails are usually short and my free time and patience even shorter (#momlife).
Step 5 – Activate Naked Manicure Satin Seal Top Coat by gently rolling the bottle between your hands for twenty seconds.
Step 6 – Apply one coat of Satin Seal Top Coat to blend, blur and seal the look creating the closest ever natural nail finish. For an optional shiny finish, apply one coat of the Naked Manicure Glossy Seal over the Satin Seal. I do not use the glossy top coat as the satin finish truly looks amazing on its own.
The application of all the Naked Manicure polishes is a dream and can be completed within minutes as you do not need to be as precise as you do with other shades. My nails look brighter, even toned, and overall healthier. Even some deep horizontal ridges caused by trauma to my nails (aka too vigorous of a DIY manicure) optically disappear. Since I have only been testing the system for about two weeks, I cannot adequately comment on its long term therapeutic benefits yet. However, the immediate results are beautiful and last a solid week without chipping.
So, if you want nails that look professionally manicured without splurging on regular trips to the salon or do not want to buff your nails all the time which can make them more brittle and sensitive, the Zoya Naked Manicure is for you. Also, if you are planning on indulging in a lot of oxblood this fall and winter while foregoing your base coat one too many times or simply were too impatient to have a professional take off your gels and ripped them off yourself last time, the Naked Manicure will come to the rescue!
One thing it cannot do: Explain to your husband why you have nail polish that looks like no nail polish. Sorry, here you’re on your own 🙂 .
Have you tried the Naked Manicure yet? What do you think?