I used to be a die-hard nail salon junkie. I’m talking every week I would saunter into my local nail salon and get a French mani/pedi. Over the years, I began to realize that not only was I spending at least $40 dollars a week which adds up to $160 a month on nails alone but that I was also putting my health at risk due to unclean equipment or unsanitary nail stations. In 2009 I decided to take doing my nails into my own hands and started treating myself to at home manicures and pedicures.
Most women are reluctant to do their own nails as they believe they won’t be able to do a superior job like their favorite nail tech. All it takes patience, practice and a little bit of skill. Follow these step-by-step instructions and you too can rock professional looking manicures and pedicures that will have your friends thinking you stay in the salon.
Step 1: You will need to gather up the following items before you get started –
- Nail Polish Remover
- Cotton Balls or Cotton Pads
- Nail Trimmer or Orange Stick
- Nail File
- Nail Buffer
- Cuticle Oil or Lotion
- Nail Gripper Base Coat
- Nail Lacquer
- Top Coat
Step 2: Remove all traces of previous polish, dirt and oil from the nail with a well-saturated cotton ball. Be sure to clean underneath the nail as well.
Step 3: File the nail in the desired shape.
Step 4: Remove all hang nails and loose skin from around the cuticle either with a nail trimmer or push back the cuticle with an orange stick.
Step 5: Apply a small drop of cuticle oil or lotion to the nail bed. Rub and smooth into the skin around the nail.
Step 6: Wash hands and dry completely.
Step 7: Apply one coat of the Nail Gripper which helps nail lacquer adhere to the nail bed ensuring a longer lasting manicure with fewer chips and cracks.
Step 8: Apply the nail lacquer by pulling the brush out of the bottle and wiping the excess lacquer off of the back of the brush against the neck of the bottle. Take your first stroke down the middle of the nail bed as you will be depositing the most color there. Next make a stroke to the right and then follow with a stroke to the left. This is just the first coat.
Step 9: Repeat step 8. You may need to do a third coat if the lacquer is particularly sheer.
Step 10: Apply your top coat for additional shine. You can alter this affect with a matte top coat which will eliminate shine and create a smooth – shine-free surface.
Step 11: Let dry for at least 30 minutes.
Viola! Gorgeous at-home manicure at your fingertips.