Giving yourself a manicure is supposed to be a calming and even theraputic experience. Who doesn’t love a little bit of self-pampering every now and then? But the truth is, painting your nails is more stressful then you thought. Here’s why:
1. Finding the perfect color.
It takes you forever to narrow down your options. Can’t it just be acceptable to wear five different polishes?
2. Questioning how seasonally appropriate your chosen color is.
Sometimes you just want to wear neon yellow in the middle of winter.
3. Removing your current nail polish.
No matter how hard you try, there will always be a speck of polish hiding on the side of your nail. And glitter polish? Consider it impossible to take off.
4. Getting nail polish remover on that cuticle cut you forgot you had.
Imagine the pain of a paper cut and multiply it times 100.
5. Discovering the color you want to use has turned gloppy.
One does not simply put on syrupy nail polish. It’s a cardinal sin of giving yourself a manicure.
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6. Painting the nails on your non-dominant hand.
You vow to take your time and not lose your patience even though you know that will never happen.
7. Having to wait for your nails to dry.
Have to go to the bathroom? You can’t. Want to go to sleep? You can’t. Consider it an eternity that you have to wait.
8. Regretting the polish you chose and wanting to redo your nails with a different color.
On second thought, you don’t want to OPI’s Strawberry Margarita anymore; you want Essie’s Turquoise & Caicos, which you don’t own. Yet.
9. Feeling extremely disappointed when your attempt at a nail design you saw on Pinterest didn’t go exactly as planned.
It’s the effort that counts, right?
10. Waking up the morning after a manicure with smudged nails.
You waited for forever, and yet, it wasn’t long enough. What is this nonsense?!
11. Chipped nail polish, aka the bane of your existence.
To all of the polishes claiming they are no-chip, you lied.