I go weekly for manicures, its no secret and I'm proud as hell that I care enough about myself to take the time to get my nails looking fresh, clean, and polished. I have been getting manicures since I was 16. I always loved how clean my nails looked after the cuticles were cut and they were perfectly shaped by somebody who knew what the hell they were doing. Me + a nail clipper = a child cutting somebody hair; its an effing disaster. I can not cut my own nails, let alone paint them! I always got a coat of clear nail polish on my nails up until a year ago. I was partaking in my manicure-Monday activities with my friend Elle, who was getting OPI gel. She told me that her grandfather gets clear OPI gel on his nails and its stronger, shinier, and lasts longer. Well she didn't have to twist my arm at all because as soon as I heard another man gets gel I gave myself permission to do it as well!
I was off to the races, getting my clear gel manicures once every 10 days now, life was perfect…almost. The issue I was having was that my nails grow so fast that the white of the nail bed was so overgrown and after a few days I was needing to go back for another set of gels prematurely. I needed a color on my nails that could cover the white at the tip of my nail as it grew out, but the color needed to be light enough where it wouldn't look like I had a color on. I want a natural look, if anything I want it to look like the color of my nail bed with just a clear coat on it.
My nail guru/manicurist, Young, found an OPI color called “Put It Into Neutral” (love the name!) that perfectly matched my nail bed and to everybody but her and I it just seems like I have on a clear coat. My tips to men who wear polish or even just get manicures are as follows: