A well maintained nails are one of the main signs of femininity. You do not need to have long nails or a luscious red color or a drawing on each of them to say that you have a beautiful manicure. It is important that the nails are well formed and, above all, to be clean and free from peeling nail polish on them. To have beautiful nails, you do not have to go to a manicurist every month and spend extra money but if you can afford it is great, and that is a little free time for yourself but you can also safely make a good and lasting manicure at home.
Below are some practical and useful tips on how to make as good and lasting manicure at home as possible.
Remove current nail polish (if any).
To avoid cutting the cuticles: Your cuticles protect your nails from bacteria and keep them soft, so avoid cutting them. You have to take care of them from time to time. The easiest way is while you are bathing and your skin is softened and soaped to push the cuticles back. If you do not do it regularly, at first you may find this procedure slightly painful. However, it is important that you do this so that no excess skin will appear, that the nail plate is well-formed and that the cuticles do not have to be cut. Then comes the filing of the nails. It should be done with a finer file so that the nail does not peck off. Also, the smoothing of the nail plate should be done very smoothly and with very fine files, otherwise the nail may begin to splinter.
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 (not your emery board) to create a smooth surface.
Exfoliate the nail, trim, hydrate + cleanse: Like the surface of our skin, our nails are susceptible to oils, residue and build up. Exfoliate your nails with a light buff using a buffing blocknail buffer block. Remember to be gentle! While essential when done correctly, over buffing can weaken the nail and cause splitting. Gently trim away hang nails and dry skin with a cuticle nipper. This step is only necessary if you have a hang nail! Doing your nails at home doesn’t mean you can’t have the spa treatment.
Moisturize: After you’ve trimmed your nails, hydrate the skin with a moisturizer focusing on dry areas. Once absorbed, wipe nails and use nail polish remover to clean the beds for the fun, color part.
Apply your base coat: Base coat provides a barrier between nail polish and your nail, preventing stains. It also acts as an anchor to nail polish, holding it in place like glue and preventing chips.
Apply the first coat of color nail polish: Now for the fun part! Apply a coat of your preferred colour, being sure to get the brush all the way down to the cuticle and into the corners of the nail. Maximum coverage on the first coat makes the second coat a breeze.
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.
Apply the nail polish topcoat: The topcoat protects your manicure from chipping and adds shine to nails.
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. If you’re using nail polish remover pads, simply fold one into a triangle for more precise application. Let nails dry an additional five minutes. And—voilà—perfect nails…at home!