First remove the nail polish. Moisten a cotton ball with nail polish
remover. Press the cotton ball over the nail for a few seconds to soften the
old polish. Wipe gently with the cotton ball on the nail starting at the base
of the nail to the tip.
Then shape the nail. The fingernails should be filed into oval tips. Begin
on the left hand with the little finger and work towards the thumb. Hold the
finger between your thumb and the first two fingers of the left hand. Hold the
fingernail file in the right hand. Slant the fingernail file so that the
filing is done mostly to the under side of the nail. File each fingernail from
the corner to the center, going from right to left and then from left to right.
Softening the cuticles is accomplished by soaking the fingers in a small
finger bowl filled with soapy water. A few drops of mild dish soap added to
water in the finger bowl works well. Carefully dry the hand by holding a small
towel and place, the hand on the towel.
Apply cuticle remover by following the directions on the cuticle remover
tube or bottle. Gently loosen the cuticle with an orangewood stick or cuticle
pusher. Keep the cuticle moist while working. Gently wash and dry.
Clean under the free edge of the fingernail by dipping a cotton-tipped
orangewood stick in soapy water and cleaning under the nail from the center
outward to each side.
Apply cuticle oil or cream at the base of the nail. Brush nails gently in
a soapy water with a downward motion. Dry hands and nails thoroughly. Next use
a very fine emery board.
Apply base coat using long strokes. When the base coat is dry to a light
touch apply polish. Apply polish lightly with strokes from the base to the
tip. Excess polish on cuticle or nail can be easily removed with cotton tipped
orangewood stick moistened with polish remover.
The final step is to apply lotion. This can be done if time permits. Nails
need to be completely dry. Start at the wrists moving down to the fingertips
with light rubbing motion.