Readers, my nails have been a wreck for weeks. It’s basically Deborah Lippmann’s fault: I haven’t been able to forget her admonition not to push back my cuticles with my thumbnail. So I developed a small but insidious vicious cycle: I couldn’t paint my nails until I pushed back my cuticles, but I couldn’t push back my cuticles until I had cuticle remover.
Well I finally broke the cycle, with Deborah Lippmann’s cuticle remover and an orange stick (an inexpensive tool, but you’ll have to purchase it separately). If you haven’t yet tried this for yourself, you will be amazed. If you’ve ever wondered how some nail bloggers have such immaculate fingers (and I do), I think this is the answer. My cuticles are so smooth and perfect! There’s no crud on the surface of my nail!
The process is ridiculously simple. With a brush or a dropper, apply cuticle remover to the U of skin that touches your nail. Then steady your hand on a table (or your knee). I prefer the flat, angled end of an orange stick, and I gently push back, moving the tool in tiny circles (the motion prevents me from stabbing myself in the cuticles). You might also want to have a paper towel or napkin nearby, to wipe the crud off your orange stick as you go.
Yes, I believe I’m ready for my closeup.
Deborah Lippmann’s cuticle remover is $20 (available with free shipping from Nordstrom.com or NeimanMarcus.com, use code MAYFS). Orange sticks cost around 20 cents apiece if you’re buying five or twenty… you can get them for as little as 2 cents apiece if you’re buying a few hundred.
I know there are other cuticle removers out there (though four reviews on Nordstrom.com say this one is the best). Which brands have you tried? Whose do you like best? (Also: How much is it? Where do you buy it?)