How to Make DIY Nail Wraps for the Easiest Mani Ever
We all love geometric manis — really, we do. But let's be honest, getting the perfect Oscar-worthy gold manicure on the first shot is NOT easy. That's why we're totally into nail wraps. They're super easy to use and replace; plus, you can change up your look anytime you want with different colors or patterns. They also last much longer than nail polish, which is a huge pro. The only downfall is that they *can* be pricey. But fear not! Today we're here to show you how to DIY cute and trendy nail wraps. Be sure to make a lot, and use them when you're in a rush or can't get into a salon these days. ;)
Materials and Tools:
– plastic (sheet, bag or surface)
– lilac nail polish
– blush nail polish
– top coat
– masking tape
1. On your plastic, use the top coat to paint a general shape of a nail.
2. Let that dry and add a layer of blush polish.
3. Cut two pieces of masking tape and place them as shown in the picture below.
4. Paint the second color over the part of the nail that is close to the nail bed.
5. Remove the tape, then grab some tweezers and gently peel the nail sticker off of the plastic.
6. Position on your nail, smooth it out and finish by applying a clear top coat.
First, be sure to choose the right plastic. Something like a semi-rigid plastic box or a plastic sandwich bag should work well. Then, use your top coat to paint a general shape of a nail onto your plastic. Try to keep the polish thick so it's easier to peel off later. Let it dry, and add a coat of blush polish. Next, cut two pieces of masking tape and cross them as shown above. Paint the second color over the part of the nail that's close to the nail bed and let completely dry.
Gently remove the tape, then grab some tweezers and peel the nail wrap off of the plastic. Position on your nail and use your finger or a dotter to press the design onto your nail and smooth it out. If you need to, you can also cut off the excess wrap with a wooden nail tool or just use some polish remover. Once you're satisfied with the final result, finish by applying a clear top coat.
Once you've mastered the technique, be sure to try as many different ways to color block your nails as you can handle!
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This article has been updated from a previous post.
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Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com