A woman’s beauty routine does not start and end with her face and what she puts on. As a lady, your fingernails and toenails are also important parts of your body that require extra attention and help you add that extra touch of elegance.
Heading to the nail salon to get a manicure every time can be quite expensive but the good news is you can give yourself a pedicure and manicure at home if you have the right tools.
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Not only do you save money yet you also engage in a self-care activity. Learn how to do your own manicure at home in 10 easy steps.
Step 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.
Step 2: Clip, file, and buff your nails.
Clip nails first, if necessary. Then file (in one direction) to get your tips square, round or somewhere in between. Buff tops and sides of nails lightly with a nail buffer to create a smooth surface.
Step 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.
Step 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 afterward and dry them thoroughly.
Step 5: Moisturize your hands.
Moisturize now 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 spa doesn’t mean you can’t relax!
Step 6: Apply the nail polish base coat.
Apply base coat to hydrate and protect nails and prevent chipping.
Step 7: Apply the first coat of color 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.
Step 8: Apply the second coat of color nail polish.
After two minutes, apply the second coat of nail polish. Sheer glazes may require a third coat for full coverage.
Step 9: Apply the nail polish topcoat.
The top coat protects your manicure from chipping and adds shine to nails.
Step 10: Clean up rough edges and let your nails dry.
Clean up 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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