How to Give Yourself the Perfect DIY At-Home Manicure
Treating yourself to a manicure is one of the many simple ways you can practice self-care. However, when going to the nail salon isn’t an option, here’s how you can give yourself the perfect manicure right at home.
Having the perfect DIY at-home manicure requires more than just slapping on some nail polish. Let’s start with the tools you’ll need to build your home manicure kit.
–Nail polish remover & cotton balls
–Nail buffing block
–Wooden cuticle sticks (more gentle than the metal ones)
–Cuticle nipper and nail cutter
-Nail polish (base, color, and top coat)
Steps for the Perfect DIY At-Home Manicure
Step 1: Remove Old Nail Polish
You’re going to want to start off with a clean base, so remove any chipped polish you might have on. What ever you do, do not pick the nail polish off as it does damage your nails. All you’ll need is a cotton ball and nail polish remover.
Step 2: Cuticle Care
If your cuticles get out of hand, don’t skip this step. The cuticle is a layer of clear skin located along the bottom edge of your finger nails. Massage a few drops of cuticle oil onto your cuticles and leave them in for a few minutes. Once they’re softened, use a wooden cuticle pusher to push back your cuticles. If you have excess skin, carefully clip them using a cuticle nipper. Cleaning this area alone will make your manicure look like it’s from the salon.
Step 3: Cut, Shape, and Buff Your Nails
Using a nail clipper, clip your nails straight across. Make sure they’re all cut even and filed smooth with a nail file. Pro tip: always file in one direction! By filing back and fourth, this can actually break your nails. Last step for prepping your nails is to buff them using a nail buffer. This will give your nail polish grip to you nails, making it last longer.
Step 4: Moisturize
Moisturize your hands now now rather than later. After massaging in moisturizer to your hands, use a little nail polish remover to clean each nail to remove residue from the cuticle oil and moisturizer.
Step 5: Polish
When it comes to polishing your nails, the key is to use a really good base coat to protect and strengthen your nails. After about two minutes, apply two coats of your favorite nail polish. Remember to wait a few minutes in between each layer). Final step is to seal it in with a nice top coat. Give yourself a solid 10 to 15 minutes for your nails to dry. If you have any smudges near the edges of your skin, you can clean them up with a little nail polish remover and a cotton swab.