Russian Manicure: What is it and how is it done?

When it comes to nail care, there are a variety of techniques and aesthetics that have gained popularity over the years. The 1970s gave us the French Manicure craze, while the 80s were all about acrylic nails. Starting in the 1990s and into the early 2000’s. We started to see nail shapes like square and oval or “squoval” taking over. Now clean aesthetics reign supreme, and we are getting the minimalist results we crave, thanks to the trendy Russian manicure. This unique approach to nail care has gone viral, promising impeccable results, and features nails so clean and immaculate that they almost appear photoshopped! Those who love a clean, minimal nail aesthetic will want to try the Russian nail method.


What is a Russian manicure?

The Russian nail method is a nail care technique that focuses on achieving flawlessly clean and well-groomed nails. Unlike traditional manicures, the Russian manicure, which can also be used for pedicures, is a dry procedure, meaning the nails are not soaked. A Russian manicure is more intricate and precise, using a special nail drill to clean and remove excess cuticle skin around the nail bed, along with gentle filing and the removal of dead skin cells to reveal healthier, smoother nails. The Russian nail method ensures a longer-lasting manicure and promotes the growth of stronger, healthier nails.


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What is the difference between the Russian manicure and the conventional manicure?

While both Russian manicures and traditional or gel manicures clean, shape, and enhance the overall appearance of nails, they differ significantly in their approach and the level of detail involved. In a traditional or gel manicure, the nail is soaked, then the cuticle is gently pushed back and trimmed. Then, the nails are shaped, filed, and, finally, polished. Cuticle work is often minimal, and the emphasis is on achieving a polished look.


The Russian nail method is the manicure for those obsessed with a clean beauty aesthetic. This chic method meticulously cleans and preps the nail beds to ensure that the nails are free from any dead skin or imperfections. The Russian nail method is a dry process of filing, cutting, and removing the cuticle with electric drill bits entirely for a clean look and feel. The Russian manicure can prevent the dry cracking of cuticles or hangnails, thus extending the longevity of the manicure.


Also, a Russian manicure will last much longer than a conventional manicure. A traditional manicure may last about week, but when properly done, a Russian manicure or pedicure will last for around three weeks.

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How is the Russian manicure done?

Russian nails involve several steps to achieve the desired clean aesthetic appearance. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you understand the detailed process:


Step 1: Nail Preparation and Cleaning

The first step in a Russian manicure or pedicure is to prepare the nails by gently removing any existing nail polish. Use a soft brush to clean the skin surrounding the nails. Remember to remove any dirt or dead skin cells from under the nails or around the edges. Our Nail Cleanser Prep pads wipe away dust & oils is for long-lasting, chip-free gel manicure.


Step 2: Cuticle Removal and Nail Buffing

Next, remove the extra skin around the nail bed with an electrical nail file or drill. Use the same drill to remove the cuticles under the nail bed for a close, clean trim. Prepare the nail bed for polishing by using an electronic buffer to remove any ridges or imperfections on the nail surface. This will enhance the natural shine of the nails, giving them a healthy, clean appearance.


If you don’t have an electronic buffer, c'est la vie! Our 4-sided buffer nail block is a must-have tool for preparing the nail bed. Each side will help you to file, shape, buff and shine your nails to Russian manicure perfection!


Step 3: Gentle Filing

Use a fine-grit nail file to shape your nails according to your preference. You can choose between square, oval, almond, or any other desired shape. Gently file the edges of your nails, moving in one direction to prevent damage.

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Step 4: Paint Your Nails

Apply your chosen nail polish product. Start with a base coat to protect your nails and make sure not to leave any space between the skin and the nail. If using Le Mini Macaron’s gel polish, (we hope you are!) our special formulated gel polish includes base coat, color and top coat all in one bottle! Our unique 1-step, 3-in-1 gel polish formula dries under our mini LED lamp in just 30 seconds, and in our Le Maxi in 60 seconds!


Step 5: Hydration and Moisturization

To complete the Russian manicure, apply a hydrating cuticle oil or cream to nourish the nails and surrounding skin. This helps to maintain the health and strength of the nails, preventing dryness and brittleness.

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The Russian nail method is a meticulous nail care technique for both manicures and pedicures that focuses on achieving clean, healthy, and long-lasting nails. By following the step-by-step process of cuticle softening, removal, gentle filing, buffing, and hydration, you can enjoy the benefits of perfectly groomed Russian nails for up to three weeks. Whether you're a nail care enthusiast or a professional technician, the Russian manicure technique is worth exploring for beautiful, resilient, and long-lasting nails.