Every girl knows that manicure is important. Untidy nails and unkempt hands can ruin your image completely, even if your makeup and outfit are perfect. However, going to a salon to get a manicure can get pricy and time consuming.
Don’t fret, today we will tell you how to do the perfect manicure at home:
Start with removing any dead cells and tiny particles of dirt from your hands. Scrub them clean by using a product that suits you. Avoid harsh scrubs as skin on your hands is more delicate than you think and can be damaged by hard particles.
Massage the scrub into your hands gently. Start at the wrists and move on toward your fingers. Carefully massage every digit, pay special attention to any calluses. You should exfoliate at least twice a week to keep your skin soft.
2. Shape your nails.
Depending on the results you seek, you might need to use a clipper. If you don’t want to cut your nails short, a file will suffice. Choose the shape of your nails depending on the shape of your hands and the type of activities you have to perform daily. The most popular shapes are oval and square. Both will look good on almost anyone. You can try out both and pick the one that you like best. If you choose this option, shape your nails square first as this shape can be filed down to oval.
Don’t use coarse files as they will damage your nails and can cause them to splinter. File in one direction, never back and forth as that will also cause splintering.
3. Make your nails smooth.
This is necessary if you want to apply nail polish perfectly. Smoothing out your nails with a specialized buffer will ensure that polish adheres to the surface. In case you are in a hurry, you can skip this step. However, it is mandatory if you want to use metallic nail polish as it highlights even the slightest imperfection on the surface it covers.
4. Soak and relax.
You will have to deal with your cuticles next, and you need to soften them up in order to make this task easier. To achieve this, you should soak your hands in warm water for a few minutes. Note that water mustn’t be too hot. If you want to add anything to it, use essential oils or scented salts, but never mix any cleansers into this water.
Allow your hands to soak for about 3 minutes. Too much time in the water will only damage your skin.
5. Remove excess cuticles and calluses around your
This is a vitally important step, because your hands will never look tidy with overgrown dry cuticles. It doesn’t matter how fancy your nail polish is, this simple detail will completely ruin your manicure. You can use either a special kind of cuticle remover or a special kind of clipper to remove excess cuticle. The former option is more preferable if you aren’t a professional. However, if your skin is very dry and you have plenty of calluses, this kind of product may not be “strong” enough to deal with the problem. In this case, you should go to a salon first. It would be much easier to prevent reappearance of these issues if they are dealt with by a pro, and you take good care of your hands afterwards.
6. Moisturize and nourish.
Apply some rich nourishing hand cream to hydrate the skin and create a protective layer around it. Be sure to remove all traces of moisturizer from the nails, as it will not allow any polish to adhere properly. Wipe off each nail with either a nail polish remover
7. Apply nail polish.
Keep a steady hand, start by first applying the base coat. Take a good amount of polish on the brush and apply a coat right in the centre of the nail. Take some more polish on the brush and apply coats on the two sides of the nails. Make sure that the entire nail is covered in these 3 swipes. Never keep on repainting the nail, it thickens the polish and you may smudge it. Let the coat dry completely. Follow the same steps with your nail polish color. If the color is really light, apply a second coat and allow it to dry completely!
8. Set &
If you want to, you can apply a fast-setting top coat (available in beauty stores) and make sure it sets really soon. If you don't have a top coat, dip your fingers in ice cold water. This sets the nails polish and gives it a nice shine.