Though I have been painting my nails for most of my life, I’ve only recently—as in, the last year or so—started to actually enjoy doing it. Uneven lines make my eyes twitch and air bubbles irritate me to the point where I just end up wiping off the polish and starting all over again.
Painting my nails seemed to bring out the worst of my perfectionist tendencies and I’d often get gel manicures just to avoid the unnecessary stress.
So, what’s changed since then?
Well, to start, there’s the obvious. With stay-at-home orders in place earlier this year, I, like many of my cohort, found myself having to take all grooming matters into my own hands. I learned how to cut my bangs, I became adept at applying false lashes for special occasions (and by that I mean, “camera on” Zoom days) and I have finally mastered the at home manicure.