DIY NAIL MANICURE LIKE A PROFESSIONAL
Sometimes you just cannot get to the salon, or maybe you want to save a few dollars. Here are tips on how to do it yourself and look like you went to the professionals.
Gather your tools. Be sure to have the following ready to go: * Nail-polish remover and cotton swabs or pads. * Nail clippers, if your nails need a trim before you polish. * Emery board and nail buffer. * Cuticle pusher and nippers. * Callous/cuticle remover. * Hand/nail moisturizer. * Base coat. * Nail polish. * Clear topcoat. Step 1. Remove any previously applied nail polish. To get the job done quicker, use an acetone-based nail-polish remover. Because it has a drying effect on nails and cuticles, it’s important to minimize contact with any nail-polish remover for the well-being of your nails and cuticles; (don’t soak your nails in it unless you are removing a gel-based polish). Step 2. Use a gentle abrasive emery board to shape nails. Clip the nails, if necessary. It is best to slightly round the nail or shape into a squarerounded edge. Smooth the tops and sides of the nails with a slightly abrasive buffer to ensure an even surface, but don’t forget, if you buff the nails too smooth, the polish won’t adhere as well and can literally slip right off. A great tool is the nail buffers from Revlon, Tweezerman, and Ulta’s store brand. Step 3. Soak your hands in a bowl of warm water for 3 minutes. Add a bit of your gentle face cleanser to the water. Do not over-soak, this can damage skin and nails. Step 4. Apply callous/ cuticle remover to cut away the thickened skin around the nail. Try using “The Natural Cuticle Eliminator.” Let it sit for a second and watch it work wonders. Step 5. Using a cuticle orange stick to gently push the cuticle back away from the nail; don’t push it too far because it can damage nail growth or fray the cuticles. You never want to damage the cuticle so do not pull, lift, tear, rip, force, or cut into the cuticle in any way. The cuticle helps protect the nail bed from bacteria and damage. Step 6. Choose rich cream to massage the cuticles and all over the hands to hydrate and replenish skin. Try Paula’s Choice brush-on Cuticle & Nail Treatment for a spa-like finish, or massage Paula’s Choice Clinical UltraRich Soothing Body Butter over hands and nails. Step 7. Now its time to remove moisturizing ingredients left on the nail, which will prevent polish from adhering properly. If you use cuticle oil, you can wash hands, or use a cotton swab or pad, apply nail-polish remover over the nail’s surface to remove any residue. Step 8. Use a base coat first. Chose your favorite color and paint nails in layers. Allowing each layer to dry between coats. Two coats of color polish, followed by a clear topcoat to add gloss should do the trick. If this is your first time, try using a light or dark color depending on skin tone, mistakes wont be as noticeable. Clean around nails by placing a little cotton around the tip of an orange stick and lightly going around cuticle to clean away nail color. Step 9. Be patient, it takes times for your nails to dry. You can put a fresh coat of clear during the week if you need to. Tips to drying nails: A fan, blow dryer, air conditioner. If you are going for a drive, put hands slightly out the window. This will help them to dry faster. Don’t put your hands too close to the fan; the polish could bubble. 10. Touch lightly to see if dry. When dry, add moisturizer and you are done.