How to do your own manicure
In the modern world, going to a salon, or calling a manicurist to your home, is no longer an unaffordable luxury. Despite this, every girl periodically faces the need to do her own manicure.
In this regard, it is very important to learn how to do it correctly and safely, because beautiful well-groomed hands are the decoration of every lady. I hope my article today will help you with this.
Step 1 . The foundation of any process is good preparation . So for a successful manicure, we need to initially make sure that all the necessary materials are available . We will need:
- Nail polish remover
- Cotton balls or cotton swabs
- Nippers or cuticle stick
- Nail scissors
- Nail file
- Cuticle softener or hand cream
- Nail polish
- Lacquer base
- polishing block
Step 2 . Remove all previously applied coating .
Step 3 Shape your nails . Trim your nails if necessary, then carefully file them into the desired shape with a nail file. Slightly rounded, or square with rounded edges, the shape of the nails is usually universal, but you can use different variations. Avoid metal or low-grit files to minimize the chance of chipping while filing. How to choose the right nail file, I told in my previous articles . Next, go over the surface of your nails with a polishing block to ensure a smooth finish, but be aware that if you polish your nails too hard, the finish won't stick as well and may literally "slip off".
Step 4 Soaking . Perhaps, this is the most pleasant and relaxing part of a manicure :) . Soak your hands in a bowl of warm (but not too hot) water and add some sea salt or facial cleanser if desired. Soaking your cuticles is critical for a trim manicure, but over-watering your hands actually damages your skin and nails, so limit this step to a five-minute time frame.
Step 5 Cuticle preparation . The cuticle is a small area of skin at the bottom of the nail. If you are not sure that you can properly and accurately trim the cuticle with tweezers, then it is better not to do this, because it is risky and can lead to infection or an untidy manicure. In this case, it will be much easier to push the cuticle back - this will be enough for a home manicure. Most often, a special orange tree stick is used for this.
Step 6 Hydration . Apply cream or lotion to your hands. If you have very dry skin, use an intensely moisturizing lotion, if not, then a standard cream will do. Rub it into the skin around your nails and let it soak in for 15 minutes or longer.
But remember that the finish won't stick well on nails with moisturizer, so take a Q-tip soaked in nail polish remover and quickly rub your nails to remove any remaining lotion. Then quickly remove excess nail polish remover to avoid damaging the nail.
Step 7 . Coating . If you have weak or brittle nails, I recommend using a base coat to strengthen your nails. The base coat protects nails from staining (especially important if you prefer red nail polish) and prevents chipping.
Then apply the varnish in several layers, allowing each layer to dry sufficiently before applying the next. Two layers of colored varnish and a layer of fixative will be enough.
If you are new to nail polish, use a lighter shade of polish; any errors will be less noticeable!
Step 8 Check and clean up small blots and you're almost done! It will take some time for the nails to dry completely, so be patient. You can put your hands in cold water, or put your hands under the air flow of a fan, but do not use warm air (for example, from a hair dryer) otherwise the coating will crack. Also, don't get your nails too close to the airflow or you'll end up with a "bubble" manicure instead of a finish.
Step 9 Re-apply moisturizer . Keeping your hands healthy and beautiful requires constant hydration. Therefore, wait until the varnish is completely dry and apply the cream again, carefully massaging the skin around the nail.
In wala! Now you are familiar with the basics of your own manicure and will be able to put my advice into practice. Well, if suddenly something doesn’t work out for you, I’m always ready to rush to the rescue!)