When we first talked about the new naked nails, we were all about quitting nail polish, cold turkey. Some of you found that way too confronting so we decided to bring in a healthy swap base coat and barely there nail enhancer, to ease the transition from full blown polish to gloriously supernatural, DIY nails.

It’s totally possible to take your nails back to basics and still look perfectly groomed. Be patient. With a little time and effort, your natural seashell pink luster will come back, promise!

Still, some of us have sandals to wear and weddings to go to and rocking naked nails, mid-detox just isn't going to cut it. There’s nothing wrong with resorting to a little sheer polish at the beginning, just to help camouflage those weird little bruises and yellowing caused by a decades long polish habit.

Here’s what you need to look good naked (from the wrists down):

  1. Start with clean hands. Use a good hand soap + hand cream.
  2. Take it all off. Remove ALL polish with a good Acetone-free varnish remover.  We like these biodegradable wipes because they have safe ingredients, they’re portable, they work (even on gels) AND they leave our hands and nails supple and smelling like roses!
  3. In our book, all good detoxes start with a scrub. Deborah Lippmann’s Marshmallow hand scrub has volcanic ash (!) and plant acids that gently resurface our rough, dry hands. It’s like a primer for your hands.
  4. Clip, File, Push! Clip your longish nails to desired length, and then refine the shape with a triple-cut stainless steel nail file. Apply a few drops of cuticle remover, to soften them. Push your cuticles back, don’t cut them, please!
  5. Buff, Please! We’re obsessed with this professional grade, 4-sided buffer. It has finer grit and lasts twice as long as the neon drug-store versions.
  6. Wash hands again. We like to use a good nailbrush to get all the grit out from under our nails.
  7. Once your hands are good and dry, use the wipes again to ensure that you’ve removed all traces of soap and oils, and apply a thin layer of Base Coat. We like this one because it’s got clean ingredients that actively improve your nail beds, while providing that all-important foundation to cover.
  8. Camouflage: Allow to dry (we recommend at least 5 minutes). Apply a thin layer of this illuminating nail enhancer. It's not a full-blown color, it’s more like a sheer tint that hids minor imperfections and takes your natural color up a notch!
  9. Maintain: To keep your newly perfected polish, we highly recommend a good hand cream (especially while driving or walking outdoors). This one has an SPF to protect hands from damaging UV rays.
  10. Cuticle Cure: Everyone’s cuticles get shaggy and dry if left unchecked. Keep yours looking healthy without cutting them with a nightly application of good cuticle oil. We keep one in our nightstand and another in our bag for on the go applications.

OK, that’s it! It sounds like a lot, but really, this is a lot easier than weekly trips to the salon and dealing with chipped varnish. Eventually, your new, natural nails will look good enough to leave totally naked and you can get by with just cuticle oil, hand cream and the occasional touch up with a chamois buffer!