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What You Need to Know about a Russian Manicure


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You’ve probably seen more than one manicure that looks like this all over your social media, and if you’re anything like me, you might be wondering why this particular type of manicure has become so popular (and what the difference between it and other types of manicures are). The answer to these questions lies in the history of this artistic-looking style, which can trace its roots back to Russia in the 16th century. Here are some facts about Russian manicures, their design choices, and how they differ from American manicures.

What is it?

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A Russian manicure is where you keep your natural nails in place and paint them with light cream polish or nude colored polish. We recommend keeping your nails clean and oiled before applying any paint so that it lasts as long as possible without chipping or fading. Once you have finished painting your nails, finish with an even top coat for extra protection against peeling or chipping.

A Russian manicure is perfect for anyone looking for a light and polished look that’s still understated. It is best to keep your nails clean and well oiled so they don’t dry out while wearing polish. Like all nail polishes, use an even top coat so that it doesn’t chip or peel easily, but avoid using any more than needed to keep your nails in good condition.


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  1. A long, clean shape: Your fingertips will be uniform in length.
  2. The perfect french tip every time: Unlike acrylic or gel manicures, where the line of polish can crack and lift from the nail bed, there is no need for tip painting with this manicure because it sticks directly to your nails!
  3. Cost savings: French tips are typically charged by the nail on most salon menus but with a Russian manicure, the entire set of 10 nails is less expensive than just one french-tip design at many salons.
  4. Gentle removal: No drill needed! Even if you don’t have an aversion to traditional drill manicures and wish to do so, you won’t need it for this type of manicure removal because they’re easy as pie!
  5. Strong, durable finish: With proper maintenance (avoiding abrasive cleaners and frequent hand washing), it can last up to 10 days! If you do see signs of wear, they are typically only one or two nails at a time due to everyday wear and tear (cutting an onion or opening packages).


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If you want to get a well-known and trending style of manicure, it is necessary to know the safety precautions before going in for the procedure. Although many people are under the assumption that this kind of manicure is safer than any other, it is not entirely true.
Russian manicure can be done using three different types of nail polishes: French Tips, Gold Tips or Jelly Tips. Unlike with traditional manicures that consist of just clear nail polish applied on your nails, this special process usually takes more time than what would be needed for any other type.

Design tips

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If you are considering getting your nails done for the first time, here is a quick rundown of what you need to know when it comes to making an appointment. First, you will want to find out if they provide mani-pedis in their salon, as this is what they specialize in. Next, talk with them about the polish options available and make sure they ask you questions so that they can provide you with the right color choices for your skin tone. Finally, always ask them how long it will take!
A good manicurist will ask you detailed questions so that they can get your nails in perfect shape for your preferred style. They should be able to give you an estimate of how long it will take them to do your nails. Depending on how long your fingers are, it could take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. The process begins by soaking your hands in warm water and scrubbing them clean. Then, you will have a cuticle or dead tissue around the nail removed using tools such as cuticle pushers or clippers. After the dead tissue has been removed, the nails are shaped using either files or clippers before applying a base coat which helps prevent staining from colors applied later on.

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