Updated: Apr 4, 2020
Who said you needed to be a manicurist to achieve the beautiful manicured hands while stuck at home. Getting your nails done at the salon is not an option for may during this time. I this era of #stayathome orders, due to #COVID-19 there's never been a better time to master doing your own manicure at home. Believe it or not polishing your own nails, can be extremely therapeutic. Don't believe us? In just 8 easy steps you'll be able to perform the perfect at home manicure like a pro, the steps are easier than you think.
Follow along for a mani so good you'll have everyone online asking.
Before you start, gather all the manicure tools you will need to give yourself the perfect manicure. Here are the things that you will need:
Nail Polish Remover
Cuticle remover or cuticle cream
STEP 1: CLEAN YOUR NAILS WITH POLISH REMOVER.
Getting the best manicure at home starts with your foundation. Remove your polish completely. Be sure to remove it completely. Use a remover with nutrients to help strengthen your nails. Even if you don’t have polish on, you’ll still want to use the remover over each nail to get rid or any oils or dirt that could ruin your polish. Don't forget to wash your hands with soap and water after.
STEP 2: CLIP, FILE, AND BUFF.
Clip nails first, if necessary. Then file gently, moving in one direction to get the shape desired. Be sure not to over file your nails. Finally, buff the top ad the sides of your anils lightly using a manicure buffer, buffing from side to side to create a smooth surface. Be sure not to use your nail file.
STEP 3: PUSH BACK YOUR CUTICLES.
Apply cuticle remover or softener to help dissolve dead skin or soften the area. Spray with alcohol and push back your cuticles gently with a cuticle pusher or orangewood stick. An orange-wood stick can also be used to clean under your nails. Please refrain from cutting your cuticles unless you are properly trained on proper usage.
STEP 4: EXFOLIATE YOUR HANDS.
Exfoliate hands and wrist with a sugar scrub which will help eliminate dead skin cells and replenish moisture. Grab your orangewood stick or nail brush to gently clean any grime from under your nails. Rinse scrub off then wash hands afterward and dry them thoroughly.
STEP 5: MOISTURIZE YOUR HANDS AND CUTICLES.
Use a light, luxe hand cream that’s ideal for cuticle hydration. This is the perfect opportunity to give yourself a mini hand massage--perfect time to relax for a minute. Be sure to remove all oils from the nail plate, using nail polish remover to remove oil/residue before you polish.
STEP 6: APPLY YOUR BASE COAT
STEP 7: TWO COATS OF POLISH. APPLY YOUR TOP COAT
STEP 8: CLEAN EDGES, LET DRY!
Use an old eyeshadow brush and nail polish remover to clean the sides and edges. Then, turn to #Netflix while you allow your polish to dry.
STEP 9: POST & TAG US
Now show off your INSTA-WORTHY at home manicure. Be sure to tag us @travelingaura on instagram, facebook, or twitter.