When giving the first impression to others, our physical appearance plays an important role. However, we tend to forget the cute tiny parts of the body which is our nails. Pretty nails can give extra points but the cost to get a professional manicure and pedicure nowadays are very expensive. Hence, here are a few steps to give yourself your own manicure and pedicure at home.
1. Remove your old polish
Firstly, remove old polish from your nails. To remove regular nail polish, you can just use a non-acetone nail polish remover. For stubborn old polish, use acetone nail polish remover.
2. Trim and file your nails
Trim off excess nails with nail clippers. The shape of nails that look elegant and considered sturdy for someone who works with their hands is “squoval”, square and oval shape. After your nails have been trimmed, use a nail file to shape the edges of the nails perfectly.
3. Soak your hands or feet
After that, soak your hands into warm water for five minutes. This process can soften your cuticles and prepares it for the next step.
4. Push back cuticles
Push the cuticles with a cuticle pusher or cuticle stick. Don’t remove the cuticles as it can cause infections or irritation. It can lead to nail problems such as ridges.
5. Exfoliate your skin
The beauty of nails also includes the skin around it. Exfoliate your skin by using scrub. Massage your hands with a circular movement to remove the dead skin. Then, moisturize your skin.
6. Remove excess lotion
Remove excess lotion from your nails after moisturizing your skin. This is because the ingredients of moisturizing left on the nail can prevent polish from adhering properly.
7. Paints nails in layers
Use a base coat of ridge-filling polish to shore up the nail and prevent it from chipping. This process also helps the polish to last longer. Next, apply your coloured nail polish with two coats evenly on each nail. After polishing all the nails, let your nails dry by putting your hands in front of a fan for about 20 minutes.
You can also choose manicure sets that includes design on the nails or applying small decals as what you desire.
8. Reapply moisturizer
Reapply the moisturizer over the finger and into the cuticles to keep them hydrated and healthy.
And it’s done! The easy-peasy steps to make your own manicure and pedicure can save your time and money. It is a great way to bring that spa-like experience to your home. Don’t forget to share any additional tips of your own in the comment below.