Going to the nail salons is a luxury I never get to experience as much as I would like because of how fast my nails grow out, and how fast the nail polish chips (mostly on my hands). I use alcohol based sanitizers a lot at work, so going to the nail salon every week is too expensive for me, making me a huge fan of at-home manicures. I have attempted to master the process, so here we go:
What you need:
- Nail clipper and file
- Nail polish remover
- Warm water, a scrub and hand lotion
- Top and base coat
- Nail polish
- Eye-shadow brush
Clip your nails and file to desired length. A pro-tip I learned from someone, the way you file affects how long the nail polish lasts, so make sure the nails are evenly filed and smoothed (involves going on top and underneath lightly with the nail fail to get rid of roughness)
Put your hands in warm water for a minute or two, then scrub, concentrating on the nails, to further clean, exfoliate and smooth them, removing any dead skin.
Rinse, dry with a clean towel, then apply lotion on your hands to moisturize and hydrate. Feels like heaven!
After the hands are dry, start with the base coat. The less thick the better, since it will dry faster and will have less possibility of chipping or sliding right off.
Pick your color!, and apply with smooth strokes from base to top, avoid going too slow or going over it too many times, I do three clean strokes mostly. Wait for first color coat to dry, before second coat (I usually finish all the nails, then go to other hand or foot to give it time to dry).
Top coat goes on last, after all the nails are dry!
If you have smudges or nail polish outside the “lines”, here are some quick tips:
for smudges: use a q-tip, dip it in nail polish remover and lightly smooth out the smudge, then re-apply nail polish color in quick strokes to match the rest, and add a quick top coat stroke too.
for nail polish outside the lines: Use the eye shadow brush, dip it in acetone and lightly brush off the polish outside the lines.
Have fun guys!, I would love to hear what your pro tips are, do you do home manicures?, what can we learn from you?