Getting manicures sure is a treat, but as much as I wish I could go get that professional mani every two weeks, it starts to get a little pricey. Lately I have been brushing up on my DIY skills so I can get somewhat of the same experience right in my own home and save some money. After some trial and error and a lot of messy nails, I finally got the technique down and am able to get almost the same look as I do at the salon. So here are my tips to perfect your DIY manicure.
1. Collect the tools you will need…..
- Nail Clippers
- Nail File
- Nail polish remover & cotton balls
- Buffing block
- Cuticle oil
- Exfoliating scrub
- Moisturizing lotion
- Nail polish (top coat, color, base coat)
- Old makeup brush
- Orangewood Stick
- Cuticle trimmers
2. Remove old nail polish, clip, file, & buff
Using the nail polish remover and cotton balls, wipe away all old polish to start with a clean base. Next trim your nails to the desired length and file them down for smooth edges. Buff the top layer of your nails to make sure you have a smooth surface.
3. Soak & scrub away dead skin
Soak your hands in warm water for a few minutes to soften cuticles. Then exfoliate with a sugar scrub to get rid of those dead skin cells. Rinse off leftover scrub and pat hands dry.
4. Moisturize cuticles
Now that your cuticles are soft, push them back with the orangewood stick. I don’t like to trim my cuticles myself because they are what protect your nails and you can risk cutting them too short so I leave that for the professionals. You can trim off any hang nails though with cuticles trimmers. Now apply your cuticle oil.
5. Base Coat
Apply one layer of base coat to provide an even layer for your color.
6. Time to polish
You will want to paint on two layers of your color leaving time in between each coat for drying. You want to apply the color as thin as possible so it can dry faster and it will last longer.
7. Top it off
Once your color has completely dried, add a top coat to perfect the manicure and smooth out any flaws in the color.
8. Kick your feet up and relax
Time to let those babies dry. Turn on an episode of your favorite show and just sit and watch. DON’T TOUCH ANYTHING! For a faster dry, apply the Essie Quick-E Drying Drops to speed up the process.
9. Clean it up
Once the polish has dried, use an old makeup brush and dip it in nail polish remover to clean up the edges and any mishaps.
I’d love to hear if any of these tips worked for you and would love to see all of your fabulous DIY at home manicures if you want to share!