Step 1: Crucial tools. Be sure to have the following in a cart you always have assembled and ready.
Nail-polish remover as well as cotton swabs or pads
Emery board and nail buffer
Cuticle pusher and nippers
Step 2: Take out any previously applied nail polish.
Step 3: Shape nails. Clasp your nails, if necessary, then lightly file them into shape. A slightly rounded nail shape or else square-rounded edge is generally the best way to go but you can be as original as you want.
Avoid metal or else extremely coarse nail files to minimize splintering. In its place, choose a gently abrasive emery board or else crystal nail file. Smooth the tops and sides of the nails with a faintly abrasive buffer to ensure an even surface, but don’t forget, if you toned the nails too smooth, the polish won’t adhere as well and can accurately slip right off.
Step 4: Soak away. The relaxing part. Put your hands in a bowl of warm water and add a bit of your mild face cleanser or shampoo to the water. Soaking the cuticle previously trimming is crucial, but over-soaking really damages skin and nails, so limit this step to three minutes or less.
Step 5: Apply cuticle remover. When cutting away the condensed skin around the nail, applying a bit of cuticle remover will be a big aid! It’s powerful stuff, so don’t allow it sit on the cuticle area for more than a few seconds.
Step 6: Take away excess cuticle as well as callouses around the nail. Using the cuticle pusher from your kit, mildly push the cuticle back away from the nail, but don’t push it too far.
Step 7: Moisturize. Rubbing a rich cream or silky oil into the cuticles and all over the hands to hydrate and refill skin.
Step 8: Prep for polish. Massaging ingredients left on the nail will avoid polish from adhering properly. Using a cotton swab, apply nail polish remover over the nail’s surface to eliminate any residue. Although it aids to shun getting remover on the cuticle as you want to keep that area moisturized, don’t worry if you do because you’re going to smear moisturizer on your nails again once the polish is dry. The most significant part of this step is to be sure the nail has absolutely naught oil or emollient left on it.
Step 9: Paint nails in layers. If you’re new at painting nails, use a lighter shade of polish; any errors will be less noticeable!
Step 10: Reapply moisturizer! Keeping your hands and the nail area glowing requires the moisturizer. You can’t have great nails and hands deprived of this essential product.
If you have the accurate tools lined up and you use the right techniques, you can certainly give yourself a beautiful manicure. Of course, there’s nothing immoral with getting a professional manicure for special occasions or just to be cosseted, but knowing how to do it yourself can protect you a lot of time and money!