How To Give Yourself A French Manicure

Whether you are giving yourself a french manicure by hand or with a kit, you still have to prepare your nails beforehand:

1. CLEAN YOUR NAILS: Dab a cotton pad in nail polish remover and wipe it across your nails until all the old polish is gone. Then wash your hands and dry them with a lint free towel.

2. FILE YOUR NAILS: Use an emery board to file your nails. Work in one direction, from the edges to the middle, never back and forth.

3. SOAK YOUR NAILS: Wipe off any nail dust left on your nails from filing and soak them in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes. Then, take them out and gently pat-dry with a towel.

4. PUSH BACK THE CUTICLES: Take an orange stick and gently push the cuticles back to expose more of the round pinkish “moon” shape at the base of your nails..

5. BUFF YOUR NAILS: Buffing takes care of ridges and removes any oil. Plus, by gently roughing up the surface of the nail, the polish will adhere better to the nails.

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