Easy guide to perfectly manicured nails
It’s no secret that your fingernails and toenails are very important parts of your body that require extra attention and care as they help add that extra touch of elegance to your appearance.
Visiting the nail salon to get a manicure isn’t just a tad expensive, but a bit risky as we’re still in a pandemic and must avoid spaces like these. However, the good news is that you can give yourself a pedicure and manicure at home if you have the right tools and you can do them right at home in 10 easy steps.
1: Take off the current nail polish (if any). If you previously painted your nails take off the residue with a nail polish remover so you have a fresh base for the new manicure.
2: Clip, file, and buff your nails. Clip nails first, if necessary. Then, file (in one direction) to get your tips square, round or in between. Buff tops and sides of nails lightly with a nail buffer to create a smooth surface.
3: Push back your cuticles. Soften cuticles with oil or lotion and then push back gently with a cuticle stick. Your cuticles protect your nails from bacteria and keep them soft, so avoid cutting them.
4: Exfoliate your hands. Exfoliate hands, wrists and forearms with a hand scrub that eliminates dead skin cells and replenishes moisture. Use a nailbrush to clean under nails. Wash hands afterwards and dry them thoroughly.
5: Moisturise your hands to avoid smudging almost-dry nail polish later. Take the opportunity to give yourself a mini hand massage, just because you’re not at the salon doesn’t mean you can’t relax.
6: Apply the nail polish base coat. Apply a base coat to hydrate and protect nails and prevent chipping.
7: Apply the first coat of nail polish. Apply a coat of your preferred nail polish color, being sure to get the brush all the way down to the cuticle and into the corners of the nail.
8: Apply the second coat of nail polish. After two minutes, apply the second coat of nail polish. Sheer glazes may require a third coat for full coverage.
9: Apply the nail polish topcoat. This protects your manicure from chipping and adds shine to nails.
10: Clean up rough edges and let your nails dry. Clean any mistakes or wobbly edges by wrapping a piece of cotton ball soaked in nail polish remover around the end of your cuticle pen and carefully going over edges.
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