Having well-groomed, manicured nails are very important to your image especially if you work in an area where you need to maintain a polished, put-together look. It is not hard to do at home. You will save a considerable amount of cash. Think about what you spend each visit, including tips. Estimate how many times you go per year. You will be shocked at how much you are spending on something you can easily do right at home.
If you don’t want to go it alone, invite a friend and have a small party. Or get your significant other to pamper you.
To begin you need to have clean nails. Completely remove all old nail polish with a cotton ball soaked in your favorite remover. Any traces of polish in the corners can be removed with a Q-tip soaked in remover. Fill a large bowl with warm water and add a Tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil to it. Soak your hands for 10-15 minutes.
Have your friend or significant other, or you might be going solo, massage your hands. Work the oil in and around the nails and cuticles. Dry hands and remove excess oil with an absorbent towel.
Now it is time to file your nails. I like to use emery boards but a metal nail file will also work. The best way to file is to go only one direction. Just one continuous sweep over the end of the nail until you have the desired length and shape you want.
If you have problems with your cuticles use an orange stick to “gently” push them back. Soaking your hands in the water/oil mixture should have softened them up just enough for you to do this easily.
Now for the polish.
Always apply a base coat first. This helps even out your nails if need be. Also, some reds and darker colors will stain your nail bed after using remover. I have very light skin and I do have problems with some nail colors staining my nails at the time of removal. I always use two base coats, letting them dry between each one.
Apply the nail polish color of choice. If you are not perfect and have little mistakes around the nail you can clean it up with a cotton swab and remover. Let color dry and then repeat.
Top off your manicure with a top coat of clear polish. Let dry.
So that is the basics of a simple manicure you can do at home. There is little cost to it but it does take some time because of letting the polish dry in between coats. Consider purchasing a nail dryer.
To keep your manicure looking nice and professional apply a new top coat of clear polish daily. If you have a snag or the polish becomes chipped, fix it right away or use it as an excuse to give yourself another manicure.