If you and your daughter love doing your nails together, then chances are that any special occasion will call for a mani-pedi (or just a manicure if you’re short on time, or the cold weather outside means toes are hidden anyway). You might do red and green for Christmas, black and orange for Halloween, and even red and pink for Valentine’s Day. Well, here at Townleygirl, we have one more way to celebrate with your girl! Follow these choice tips for a Thanksgiving-inspired manicure you and your mini-me can do together at home.
1. Keep it Clean
Start with super clean hands. Nail polish won’t stick well to dirty or greasy surfaces. Wash hands and use a nail brush to scrub underneath fingernails and get the yuck out of the way. Then, for an optional luxe feeling, push cuticles back, but since we’re dealing with tiny hands, only do so gently with a wooden nail stick and not the harsher metal kind you see at salons.
2. File it Away
Choose a pretty and kid-friendly nail file (we like this one) and gently file in one direction (not sawing back and forth) to shape the nails and get rid of jagged edges. Fun tip: why not let your little one decide if she wants squared or rounded edges? This is a good way to keep her involved in the activity.
3. Choose on Your Coat
Here’s where the Thanksgiving inspiration begins to strike. Remember making those Thanksgiving turkey crafts by outlining your hand on paper and coloring in? Well, we’re going to take a cue from those cheerful birds in the hand (get it?) by copying their festive color palette.
Orange and yellow…and maybe a little red or brown if you want to go for extra…mimic the falling leaves outside, while still giving the nod to those nostalgic turkey crafts of our own youth. We like alternating each nail when using just yellow and orange “leaves” and a cyclical repetition pattern for any extra fall colors that can be thrown in. The Disney Princess 18-pack polish set has a great selection of shades to choose from.
4. Pretty Polish
Here are some of our past tips and tricks to actually paint on the perfect nail, but basically, start with long, slow brushstrokes from the cuticle line to the tip, and repeat.
5. Let ‘Em Dry
No matter how amazingly you paint your daughter’s nails, nothing counts until it’s dry, right? While here are some of our past tips for getting your little lady to sit still, nothing works better to speed dry time (and make the whole waiting process more interesting) than one of Townleygirl’s real nail drying systems available in a few of our nail and accessories gift bundles.
And for bonus bonding time with your daughter, you’ll want to do your nails too of course! And if you’re not completely excited about wearing rainbow nails to work, try one hue from our Thanksgiving color palette on your fingers and then a complementary shade on your toes.