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Procedure for Manicure at Home

  • First remove all nail polish by using cotton balls and nail polish remover. Nail polish remover can be very damaging to the nails, try to use a nail polish remover that is acetone free. Another option would be to use a salon brand nail polish remover, they work a lot better and remove the polish very easily.

  • The next step is to shape your nails. Use a nail file or an emery board to shape your nails. File in one direction only. Do not use the seesaw motion. To shorten the nail, use the course side of the emery board first and finish with the finely textured side.

  • Work on your nails carefully and with respect. Do not go overboard with your manicure.

  • To check if your nails are well done run your nails over a pair of old pantyhose. Your nails should not snag the hose.

  • Clean your nails with a nail brush and soak for a couple of minutes to soften your cuticles.

  • Next take an orange stick with a tiny piece of cotton wrapped around it and push back cuticles. If you have hangnails or rugged cuticles, clip them with cuticle scissors. Massage cuticles with cuticle oil and apply hand cream. Never cut your cuticles. Massage away dead skin using circular movements.

  • Apply hand lotion and massage your palm with the thumb of your other hand. This will improve blood circulation. Work your way all over your hand and repeat with your other hand.

  • Use the nail polish remover one more time and remove any oil or lotion that may remain on your nails from the previous step. This will help your nail polish to stay longer and better.

  • Clean your nails with an orange stick that has been wrapped with cotton and dipped in nail polish remover and rub over the surface of the nail. Remove any creamy residue, if there is none then you can polish your nails.

  • While polishing your nails being in the center of your nail. Paint one stroke down the center and then the sides of the nail. You should paint a nail in three strokes. Let it dry completely before applying the second coat.

  • Apply color after your nails are completely dry. Use a base coat before applying nail polish. Then apply a color of your choice and do not apply a new coat before the previous one dries. You should apply three coats of color.

  • Apply a clear nail polish or top coat to help make your at home manicure last longer.

  • Store nail polish in the fridge. To prevent the cap from sticking apply a little vaseline around it.

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