Although the summer season is on its way out, it does not mean that you should avoid your nails. If you want to save a bit of money on your manicures, consider doing them yourself. While you may not feel qualified to do so, doing your own manicure is relatively easy and very inexpensive once you have all of the proper equipment. The following are some tips that can lead to a wonderful manicure all year long.
Prepare the Cuticles
One of the most important steps is to prepare the cuticles. Unkempt cuticles can ruin any manicure, no matter if it is DIY or professional. Clean up the cuticles using a cuticle remover serum and a cuticle pusher. Remove all dead skin and push the cuticles back to make sure everything is neat and clean.
File Nails in One Direction
Next, you need to file the nails. Shape your nails in the desired shape, whether it is rounded or squared on the edges. Avoid sawing the nails with the nail file, as this can lead to peeling. Instead, file them in one direction with a gentle motion. Doing so will help the nails keep their integrity for a longer period of time and prevent breaking.
Prep the Nails and Hands
You should next prepare your hands and nails to receive polish. Wash your hands with a gentle cleanser and add moisturizer to keep them soft. Avoid placing any moisturizer directly on the nails, however, as this can prevent the polish from adhering correctly.
Apply a base coat of clear polish on each nail in a quick, gliding motion. Only apply one coat and allow it to dry completely.
You should next begin to apply your nail polish. Apply the polish with quick, thin coats. Using too much polish on the brush can cause the polish to bubble up and look unattractive. It can also cause it to chip off prematurely.
Avoid pressing the brush against the cuticles. Be sure to leave a very small space between the cuticle and where the polish starts. This will prove a much more polished and professional appearance. It will also reduce any peeling. Finally, add a thin layer of topcoat to protect your polish.
Be sure to allow your polish to dry completely before you do anything with your hands. You can purchase a product to paint on top of the nails that will help expedite the drying time, but it is still crucial to allow enough time for drying. If you are not satisfied with your own work, or if you want a more intricate design on your nails, visit a reputable nail salon in your area for assistance with your manicure.