Don’t have the time to go to a salon/spa for a manicure? But you are aware of how great an impression polished and well-manicured nails can make. We know the importance just right and here’s a 20 minute guide to how you can get well-manicured nails at home-
Stub away the old polish-
This is one of the most important steps. The previous polish needs to be cleaned completely. Wash your hands, scrub it with a nail brush or a tooth brush will also help and if you still see stubborn old nail polish stuck at the cuticles, dip the toothbrush in the nail polish remover and scrub it away.
Select a shape and clip your nails- you can select a shape from an array of nail shapes like oval, square, round or almond and then clip your nails to a desired length.
If you have chipped one of your nails (we know how annoying it can get) make sure you trim all your nails to that length. The mantra is to have the same length nails.
File, Buff it away-
After trimming them to the right length, now is the time to file them to your favorite shape. Use a glass file to not harm your nails as metal can be too much for brittle nails.
After filing them, buff them away with a buffer. Go over the surface of the nails and even the edges to even them out.
After filing and buffing, soak your nails in warm water (not hot water) and add a few drops of hydrogen peroxide or shampoo/soap to clean them and to get rid of the dead skin.
If your nails are brittle or weak, skip this step.
Push back the cuticles-
Dry your nails and apply cuticle cream or normal cold cream would also work. Leave it on for a minutes and then push back your cuticles with the help of a cuticle pusher.
Note: Do not force the cuticles back.
If you have really dry hands then take a cold cream or any lotion and massage into your nails, cuticles and hands. Massage so much that its gets absorbed in your skin completely. Let it be on for few minutes.
Then wet a cotton or tissue and wipe off the lotion from the nails.
Fun part, select a polish-
If you have brittle nails, always make sure you apply a base transparent coat. Let it dry well and then apply your favorite color nail polish.
Start by one stroke down the center, and then on either sides. This works best for many but you can try your own approach.
Add a topcoat so that your polish lasts long and there are few scratches and less flaking.
And you have salon-like manicure without even taking the trouble to go to the salon!