How to Give Yourself a Manicure

Getting a manicure and pedicure at my favorite salon is outrageously expensive, so I decided to do a post on how to give yourself a manicure and pedicure.

Tools

To give yourself the salon like manicure and pedicure treat, always make sure you have the essentials, these are:

  • Nail-polish remover and cotton swabs
  • Nail clippers.
  • Emery board and nail buffer.
  • Cuticle pusher and nippers.
  • Cuticle remover.
  • Hand/nail moisturizer.
  • Base coat.
  • Nail polish.
  • Clear topcoat.
  • Q-tip

Clear the Area. There’s a reason why the person doing your nails always has a towel or a covering on her workplace. Nail polish and remover can damage many surfaces such as cloth, wood finish and plastic. Please do not apply your polish near valuable items.

Remove your old nail polish. Use nail polish remover and cotton balls to take off old nail polish. An acetone-based nail-polish remover is a bit harsher than non-acetone removers, but the acetone removers get the job done faster.

Minimize contact with any nail-polish remover for the well-being of your nails and cuticles.

Trim and file your nails. Trim them to the length that you want. Smooth out the edges with a nail file. This will help you achieve a prettier, polished look, and will prevent your nails from chipping as quickly.

Buff your nails. The natural oils in your nails can build up, leaving manicure-ruining residue on them if you fail to buff them. A soft, flexible buffer will more easily buff the sides of the nail along with the middle. Buffing your nails brightens them. It also makes nails look more youthful, and it gets rid of ridges.

Do not to buff too much; thinning it too much will weaken it.

Soak. Place your hands in a bowl of warm water and add a bit of face cleanser to the water. Avoid putting detergent or soapy cleansers in the water because they can be drying and make your cuticles look worse. Use a nail brush to gently clean your nails and the skin around them. Gently scrape under your nails if necessary to remove dirt.

Soaking the cuticle before trimming is crucial, but over-soaking actually damages skin and nails, so keep it to three minutes or less.

Avoid cutting or trimming your cuticles.  Very gently push the cuticle back away from the nail with a cuticle pushing tool, but don’t push it too far because it can damage nail growth or fray the cuticles. Dry your nails and apply a cuticle cream. Using a cuticle pusher, also called an orange stick, gently push back the cuticle. Cuticles are there to provide a protective barrier on your nail, so instead of cutting them, try applying a cuticle oil that will moisturize and soften dry cuticles.

Moisturize. Take a lotion or hand cream and massage it into your hands to hydrate and replenish skin. Be sure to rub it into and around your nails and let it soak in for 30 minutes or longer

Use a base coat.  Cover the nail with a clear base coat or nail hardener. A high-quality nourishing base coat protects your nails from stains, it also fills ridges and strengthens nails too. Plus, it will lead to a smoother polish application. Wait at least one or two minutes before applying another coat of colour.

Apply nail polish. Apply your color polish in layers, allowing each layer to dry between coats. Two coats of color polish, followed by a top coat to add shine. The longer you wait between coats, the more it’ll keep your colour locked in.

TIP: Stripe the nail three times: once down the middle, once on each side, and then repeat until you get your desired result.

Use a Topcoat. This ensures your nails last long. Don’t rush when applying a top coat. Put it with as much precision as you would the nail polish. Run a horizontal swipe of it over the bottom edge of your nail after you do your last coat. Let it dry, and repeat one more time.

Don’t Forget to Clean Up Your Cuticles. When you finish applying your topcoat, dip a thin clean-up brush or a q-tip in nail polish remover and lightly skim around the outer edge of the nail to remove any excess lacquer. This helps make the paint job sharper and your manicure last longer.

Reapply moisturizer. Keeping your hands and the nail area healthy requires moisturizer. You can’t have great nails and hands without these two essential items.

Done! I hope these steps are easy for you to follow. Email me picture so I can see!

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