It’s no secret that if you follow me on Instagram (@mirandacasanova) and/or Snapchat (username: mirandyyy3), you’ve seen many a “nail selfie” and many of you have inquired about how I get the perfect manicure. I have compiled a list of your questions and do my best to answer them below:
1. Are your nails fake or just naturally shaped? Should I do fake or natural?
2. SHAPE: How did you choose?
When I got my first acrylic manicure for my eighth grade promotion ceremony, I opted for the typical square nail shape and this was mostly due to the fact that I simply didn’t know all these other shapes existed. Also, every other girl and their mother had this shape and at the time, I was more of a follower of trends and not someone who set them, so obviously, I wanted to feel cool.
Fast forward five years later and my level of expertise has definitely changed. My first manicure as a (somewhat) full-fledged adult that didn’t include asking for a square shape opened up a whole new world for me. A few days before my appointment, I saw a picture of Kylie Jenner’s longer-than-I-Think-They-Should-Be nails, and I was intrigued. As any girl after my own heart would do, I went to Pinterest and searched: “Nail shapes”. I knew I couldn’t have them like Kylie (nor did I want them that way) or like Lady Gaga, but I knew I wanted a classic, classy, simple shape. Enter: the almond nail. This shape does just what the chart says by giving me a fierce look. It’s feminine and flirty, and more often than not, people think that my acrylics are my natural nails, and that’s a BIG plus! (On occasion, I’ll also choose squoval, depending on if I want to change it up.)
Throughout the time that I’ve gotten my nails done, I’ve heard the same tip: “pick a shape that compliments your nail bed” (which is why I included the above chart) and whilst I am extremely fortunate that I can pull off most nail shapes, my best advice to any of you is: PICK THE ONE YOU THINK LOOKS GOOD! That’s when a manicure really feels good!
3. LENGTH: How did you choose?
4. How many different colors did you choose before settling on one signature color?
First of all, let me start by saying that I am the most indecisive person so whenever my nail technician at my nail salon would hand me all my options to choose from, I would groan because that’s really difficult for me. Once I found the right shape and length, though, I became obsessed with trying a million different colors, but I never loved them enough to keep them.
So when one of my close friends suggested I do a classic red as my signature color, I tried a few shades before settling on the perfect one. I chose this color red because it was fun, punchy, and totally feminine. It also reminded me of one of my favorite singers, Selena. 🙂