DIY At-Home Manicure

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Some of you know that I like to do my nails at home. I really don't have the time or patience to sit at a nail salon for hours. I find that when I give myself a manicure I take my time and do things my way. 
Here are a few tips and tricks you can try for yourself.

You want to start by working in a well lit surface over a towel. (You can also use paper towels)
Make sure you give yourself plenty of time because you want your nails to dry thoroughly.

1. Remove old polish- start by moistening a cotton ball with non-acetone or use a DIP remover.
2. File Nails- File in one direction from outer corner toward the center. Don't use a back and forth method, this weakens your nails.
3. Remove Cuticles-  I like to use Sally Hansen Problem Cuticle Remover.  Apply a strip of the cuticle remover around cuticle and under nails. Massage into skin. Wait 3 to 5 minutes. Gently ease back cuticles with an orangewood stick (manicure stick). Wash away excess with warm soapy water.
4. Examine for imperfections- Use a nail clipper to remove hang nails if necessary. Cutting the cuticle stimulates its growth, so try not to cut them. You can smooth peeling nails with the smooth side of your emery board.
5. Apply Base Coat- You should always apply a base coat! This helps protect your nails from discoloration.
6. Apply Color-  I always start at the center of the nail and work my way to each side. Tip: Do NOT shake your polish. This can cause air bubbles to your polish and manicure. What I like to do is grab the polish in the upright position in the palms of my hand and roll it back and forth. I always like to wait at least 4 minutes in between coats.
7. Apply Top Coat- Top coat guards your nails from chipping, brush polish over and under tip of  nails. You can apply top coat every other day to maintain a shiny manicure.

-Don't polish your nails under the sun, this too causes the polish to bubble.
-Don't try to thin nail polish with polish remover. There are products specifically for that.
-Always apply a top coat, it keeps your manicure looking fresh and prevents your polish from chipping.
-NEVER peel off polish or pick and or bite at your nails.
-If you apply lotion before polishing your nails, take a small piece of cotton with some polish remover and remove any lotion from your nails this way your polish will stick.

If you need to, after you apply your top coat wait about 5 minutes for your nails to dry and then run them under cold water. This will speed up your dry time!

I hope these tips help. If you post your at-home mani to Instagram tag me and I'll repost! @itsmisslv

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  1. I always pick my nail polish off and recently I see the damage it's doing to my nails.

    and I'm the complete opposite I love sitting in the salon, It's my time to relax from my busy schedule.



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