Manicures can make you feel like a beautiful person. Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t like to get them because it costs a lot of money to get manicures at a salon on a regular basis. The good news is you don’t have to rely on a salon for your manicures anymore. You can easily do your own manicures by following a few simple steps. The best part is you’ll save lots of money each year.
The Steps to The Perfect Manicure
Step 1 - Essential Tools
The first thing you must do is get all of your tools and accessories together for doing the manicure. The following are some of the tools you will need:
- Nail Clippers
- Cuticle Pushers/Nippers
- Emery Board
- Nail Buffer
- Cotton Swabs
- Nail Polish Remover
Once you have all these items gathered together, you are almost ready to start the manicure. All you need to do now is remove any nail polish that you previously applied to the nails on your hands. Use your nail polish remover to accomplish this. It would be preferable for you to use a non-acetone nail polish remover as opposed to one with acetone because the non-acetone nail polish removers are easier on your nails. However, the acetone nail polish removers act faster and won’t touch your skin for very long. The choice is really up to you here. If you have sensitive skin, then you’ll probably want the non-acetone version.
Now you can finally start the manicure. First, clip your nails and then use a file to shape them properly. Use a round shaped nail buffer to smooth out the nails more. You don’t want to use a nail file that is coarse or made of metal because it could cause splintering to occur. Use a gentle nail file or emery board that is easy on your nails. Make sure you use the buffer to smooth out your nails on the sides and on top so that they’re even. But don’t overdo it with the smoothing because then your nail polish won’t stick to your nails very well.
After you’re done clipping and filing, fill up a bowl with lukewarm water and mix in some shampoo or face cleanser with it. Place your hands in the bowl of water and let them soak there for about three minutes. You don’t want to soak them for longer than that because it could damage your nails and skin. So, once the three minutes are up, take your hands out of the water and then pat them dry with a towel.
Take your callous remover and start cutting all the thick skin you have near your nails. The soaking you did previously should help make the callous cutting process a little bit easier. There are also cuticle remover formulas that you can put on your callouses to remove them as well without having to actually cut anything. A preferred one is “Be Natural Cuticle Eliminator.” Just don’t leave the solution on your calluses for too long or it could eat through the layers of skin you have underneath it.
Grab the callous pusher from your item collection and use it to push the callouses away from your nails. Be careful not to push the callouses too far or else it could impair the growth of the nail. And whatever you do, don’t rip or tear the callouses away. If you have to cut them, only nip around the free edges with your callous nippers. Do not actually cut inside the callous because you could easily damage your skin and nails that way. After that is done, you want to start removing the hangnails that are on the sides of your nails. Again, don’t cut into the skin or nail too deeply or else the nail bed will be in jeopardy. Now, grab a silky oil moisturizer and rub it all over your hands and callouses so that they can become hydrated.
If you’ve made it this far then you are almost ready to polish your nails. However, you have to remove any leftover moisturizing chemicals from your nails that may still be on them. Use some nail polish remover on the nail and then wipe it away with a cotton swab. Try not to remove the moisturizer from the callous areas because you want to keep those moisturized. Only remove it from your nails. If you’ve done this correctly, you can successfully paint your nails while starting with a ridge-filling nail polish as the base coat. This will reduce the chances of staining or chipping your nails later on. When you go to actually polish your nails with color polish, apply it in layers and let each layer dry before applying the next coat. You should only use two coats after the base coat and then finish it all off by adding a top coat to make it glossy.
Lastly, put the moisturizer back on your nails and hands to keep them looking healthy. That is all there is to it. If you are still nervous about trying this process on your own, then go get a professional manicure one time at a salon and observe how they do it. This will help you understand the process more if you have any questions.