Making time for a professional manicure is sheer indulgence. Not all of us have the time, money or patience for a nail makeover every week and while you may think the process is time-consuming and can only be done by salon experts, let us tell you it’s not.
However, an impressive manicure is more than just filing your nails and coating them with nail-polish. The ritual can be as extensive as taking care of your face. But that said, you can do it easily in the comfort of your own home.
Here’s what you need in order to give yourself a manicure.
*Nail polish remover
*Cuticle pusher and nipper
*Cuticle remover or cuticle cream
*A base coat for the nails
*Your favourite nail polish
Here’s a simple guide that you can follow to give yourself a manicure at home.
Remove any traces of nail polish
To begin with, remove the nail polish that you are wearing. Use a non-acetone nail-polish remover and cotton pads to remove your old nail-polish gently.
If you use a nail-polish remover more than once a month, it is better to use a non-acetone one as it doesn’t dry out the skin around your nails. While acetone-based nail-polish removers work much faster, they can damage your nails.
Start with the shape
Here comes the second step, which primarily includes filing and clipping your nails. A salon-standard manicure starts with perfectly shaped nails. Try avoiding metal or coarse nail files — both are too harsh for natural nails and can cause damage. For filing your nails, always opt for a soft nail file to prevent tearing or splitting your natural nails.
It is always suggested you apply a clear base coat to your nails before painting to prevent staining. Aim to paint in three strokes by starting in the middle of the nail, pushing it towards the cuticle in a clean line. Repeat on each side until the entire nail is coated.
Remember to always seal the deal by running your topcoat along the top edge of your nail after application, too. This will help minimise chipping and in turn extends wear-time.
Put an end to chipping