How to do a Manicure at Home: Step-by-Step
Doing a professional looking manicure at home is easier than you think. All you need is a few simple supplies (most of which you probably already have) and some time to relax. I encourage you to put some time aside just for you, so you can fully reap the benefits of doing a manicure at home. Take this time for you, you deserve it.
- Nail polish remover
- Cotton balls
- Nail clipper
- Nail file
- Nail buffer
- Bowl with warm water and hand wash
- Cuticle oil or softener
- Cuticle pusher
- Hand Scrub
- Manicure brush
- Hand and nail cream
- Clean towel or paper towels
- Base and top coat (optional)
- Nail polish in your favourite colour (optional)
Clean your nails with nail polish remover and cotton balls to remove any old nail polish or oil build up.
2. Shape and Buff:
Clip your nails to your desired length and shape using your nail file. Remember to always file your nails from the outsides to the centre, not straight across. Using your nail buffer, buff each nail by stroking each side of the nail buffer 3 - 4 times.
3. Soak & Cuticles:
Soak your hands for 5 minutes in a bowl with warm water and hand wash. Apply cuticle oil to your cuticles and gently push back each cuticle with a cuticle pusher. Use the other side of the cuticle pusher to clean under your nails for any dirt.
4. Soak and Scrub:
Soak nails again for 3 - 5 minutes and scrub hands with a hand scrub. Rinse in the water bowl and scrub under your nails with a manicure brush to get rid of any dirt that is trapped under your nails.
Take this time for you, you deserve it.
5. Rinse and Dry:
Rinse hands under clean water and dry hands with a clean towel or paper towels.
6. Moisturise and Massage:
Apply a rich moisturising hand and nail cream to your hands and nails. Massage your hands with the cream until it is absorbed.
7. Clean and prep your nails:
Clean your nails with nail polish remover and a cotton ball. Prep your nails with one layer of base coat.
Add 2 - 3 layers of nail polish in your favourite colour. Finish with a layer of top coat.
Take some time to admire your at-home manicure. Remember that nail polish takes a few hours to dry completely, so don’t go and do the dishes right after you’ve done your nails. Take some time to relax and watch an episode (or two) of your favourite show while sipping on some tea or coffee (or iced versions in the summer).
Ooh, la la! Just look at those nails.
Stay beautiful always,