Stylish Beauty Tips: Easy At Home Manicure

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

While I have written endless posts about the latest nail polish colors I have always failed to mention products for a great at home manicure! Since I paint my nails a new color at least twice a week, going to a salon and getting a manicure is a rare thing so I am constantly on the lookout for the best tips on giving myself at an home manicure just like you get in the salon. There are so many products available to keep your nails fresh and healthy, but narrowing it down to the ones you will regularly use is sometimes tough. Yesterday as I was avoiding doing graduation prep, I sat down and researched the best manicure products for at home use (research counts as homework right?) If you want an easy at home manicure that is sure to keep you stylish, follow these steps!

At Home Manicure
1. Remove any old nail polish using either acetone or non-acetone remover. (Since I constantly paint my nails I usually use acetone but I make sure to get a remover that has a nourishing treatment in it so it doesn't dry out my nail beds)

2. Soak your hands in warm water with a small amount of bubble bath or even bath salts. If you notice your hands are extra dry, use a sugar scrub to exfoliate hands gently. If your cuticles are noticeable (I have that problem bad) gently push them back with a cuticle stick and massage lotion onto your hands. 

3. If your nails need a trim take clippers and cut straight across, but don't try and shape without a nail file. Next file your nails into a square shape and always file in one direction!

4. Sometimes we forget that nail polish won't go on very easily onto oily or damp hands, so make sure to wipe your hands thoroughly and even take some nail polish remover and run it over your nails to ensure no oil is left behind. Now buff your nails to add shine. 

5. Now it's time for your favorite part, the painting! Start with a base coat like Essie 3-Way Glaze and apply one coat and let thoroughly dry before applying polish or else it will be a big mess and very difficult to apply your color. Once base coat is dry apply two coats of your favorite polish. Once the last coat of polish is dry apply two to three layers of top coat, like Seche Vite fast drying top coat (this stuff dries your nails so fast, but it can get clumpy so use sparingly!) If you make any mistakes a eyeliner makeup brush is perfect for getting off the excess but a good-ole cu-tip works just as good!

Now to keep your manicure lasting awhile, reapply a topcoat at the end of each day and try and keep your hands out of chlorine if possible! With these 5 steps you are on your way to a stylish new manicure at no cost to you!
So until next time... Live Stylishly

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