Going to the nail salon for a manicure can always be quite expensive, but the good news is that you can get a pedicure and manicure at home if you have the right tools.
Not only do you save money, but you also do a self-care activity. Learn how to do your own manicure at home in 10 easy steps.
Step 1: remove the current nail polish (if any).
If you have already painted your nails, remove the residue with a nail polish remover to have a new base for the new manicure.
Step 2: trim, file and polish your nails.
Trim your nails first, if necessary. Then file (in one direction) so your tips are square, round, or somewhere in between. Lightly buff the tops and sides of the nails with a nail pad to create a smooth surface.
Step 3: push back your cuticles.
Smooth the cuticles with oil or lotion, then gently push back with a cuticle stick. Your cuticles protect your nails from bacteria and keep them soft, so avoid cutting them.
Step 4: exfoliate your hands.
Exfoliate your hands, wrists and forearms with a hand scrub that removes dead skin cells and replenishes moisture. Use a nail brush to clean under the nails. Wash your hands afterward and dry them well.
Step 5: Hydrate your hands.
Moisturize now to avoid staining the almost dry nail polish later. Take the opportunity to give yourself a mini hand massage, just because you’re not in the spa doesn’t mean you can’t relax!
Step 6: apply the base coat of nail polish.
Apply a base coat to hydrate and protect nails and prevent splinters.
Step 7: apply the first coat of colored nail polish.
Apply a coat of your preferred nail polish color, making sure to bring the brush up to the cuticle and into the corners of the nail.
Step 8: apply the second coat of colored nail polish.
After two minutes, apply the second coat of nail polish. Clear enamels may require a third coat for full coverage.
Step 9: apply nail polish.
The top coat protects your manicure from chipping and adds shine to your nails.
Step 10: clean the rough edges and let your nails dry.
Clean up any bugs or wobbly edges by wrapping a piece of cotton wool soaked in nail polish remover around the end of the cuticle pen and carefully running the edges.
Watch this video tutorial from SuperPrincessjo