How to Give Yourself the Perfect Manicure

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There is nothing more satisfying than having elegant and perfectly polished nails, but spending a good amount of money every week can end up making you lose a lot of money. If you sum up all of the money you spend on manicures in a year, you’ll probably have a mini stroke. That’s not including the
other add in and tips. If you’re someone that has a clumsy and heavy hand, you know how messy it can get when performing your do it yourself manicures. There is no need to worry! You can easily save up money and get the perfect manicure in the comforts of your own home. Learn to give yourself the
perfect manicure with these easy steps.

Here are the steps for achieving a perfect manicure
at home:

Remove Your Old Nail Polish

If you have stubborn and hard to remove nail polish, your best bet is to use acetone nail polish remover. The stronger consistency of acetone will remove glitter and pigmented colors cleanly off your nails. This will prevent tiny bumps on your nails left by glitter and other abrasive nail polish. You can use simple, non acetone nail polish remover when trying to get
rid of normal polish. Try to get the edges, nail polish
free too.

Trim or File Your Nails

Get rid of excess length uneven nails by using nail clippers. After removing your excess length take a nail file and start filing your nails into your desired shape. The shape you choose is now up to you. There are different nail shapes. There is the square nail shape, oval nail shape, lipstick style nails shape, square-oval nail shape and so on. Each nail shape has its
pros and cons. Before picking out a nail shape pick one
that best accentuate your hand and finger. Though there is some nail shape that are hard to achieve without using acrylic nails or extensions.

Soak Your Hands

This is an optional step, but can help give you that extra class to your home manicure. Soak your hand in warm water for about five minutes. You can add essential oil for brittle and dry nails, a tablespoon of scented liquid soap can soften your cuticle and make it smell amazing and other natural soaks can help target dry skin and other nail problems. Look through the internet for the best hand soak recipes.

Push Back Your Cuticles.

This is an optional step. Some people are lucky not to have thick and out of control nails. If you’re not familiar with the word cuticle, this is the piece of skin on the end of your nail bed. The skin that attaches your nail to your skin. Leaving it as is can cause  you to have an uneven application. You can remove this by using a cuticle stick to push it back. Some nail
salons cut excess cuticles, but this is ill advised. This can
cause infections and bleeding. There is really no need to remove this cuticle. In time this skin softens and falls off naturally.

Skin Scrubs

Remove dry skin by applying skin scrubs in your wrist, hands and fingers. You can buy basic body scrubs or create one on your own. Mix olive oil with sugar and rub it on your hands for 5 minutes. Rinse it off with water. You’ll notice softer and brighter Skin.

Moisturizing

It’s important to moisturize our hands and fingers, since it is most susceptible to dryness. Apply hand lotion after applying your scrub. Massage it into your skin, especially in the cuticle area.

Remove Excess Product from Your Nails

Remove lotion, oils or scrubs on your nails. This will hinder you from getting a smooth and even base. Wipe it off with a clean cloth. If you prefer, you can buff your nails now.

Base Coat

Apply your protective base coat. This will fill in the ridges in your nails and prevent the nails from absorbing the harmful chemicals in the actual nail polish. Doing this will prevent discoloration and dry nails.

Two Coats of Nail Polish

Apply two coats of your nail polish. Start from the middle and work through your sides. Let the first coat dry before applying the next layer.

Top Coat

Leave your nail polish to dry and apply your top coat. Then you’re done!

Here are some of the top professional secrets to getting the perfect manicure. You can surely get an amazing manicure all by yourself. If you have the right items, tools and technique, you’ll get it in one go. There is nothing wrong with getting your manicures professionally done for a special occasion or in days when you want to pamper yourself, but knowing how to do it on your own can save you a lot of money. Try out your new manicuring tips and use it on your friends and family.

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