Today’s Tip: How To Give Yourself A Manicure
Anyone can take?a nailpolish and slab it on their fingernails but it’s going to look sloppy, messy and unkempt. That’s why it’s important to know a few tips on how to give yourself a manicure! To do a manicure the proper way, you must first have all of your tools laid out in front of you, including the color of nailpolish you want to use, the clear coat nailpolish for before and after applying to the nail, a nailfile, a nail buffer, cuticle tweezers, (a nailclipper if necessary)?and something to put on the surface under your hands in case of a spill. There are some additional things you could use such as: cuticle oil, hand lotion, a nailpolish pen (for doing designs such as French manicure, polka dots, etc.). But we will stick to the basics for how to give yourself a manicure!
So to start, you want to wash your hands, dry them completely, and begin by getting the nails down to the length you want them to be (you can first start with a nailclipper if they are long and you want them short) by using a nailfile. While getting them down to the length you want, working the file will also help you to shape your nails. Angle the nailfile into the position against the nail to either shape it round, square, or oval. When you are done shaping and getting the nails down to the length you want, take your nailbuffer and start rubbing against your nails. Your nails should turn a white color, but it is ok, it is making the nail have even texture and smoothing it out. After that, take your cuticle tweezers to get rid of any excess skin. You may not have any! But in case you do have any loose hanging pieces of skin simply remove them. This is the start of having your nails looked very clean and pristine!
Next, you want to put on some cuticle cream or cuticle oil and massage it into your cuticles, when it’s dry, wash your hands again and put some handcream on your hands. Moisturized hands goes a long way with a manicure, as it enhances your hands natural beauty. Dry each nail with a papertowel so there’s no lotion or water on the nailbed. Put on a clear coat of nailpolish for each nail. By the time you have finished doing your 10th nail, your first hand will be almost dry with the clear coat. Now it’s time for the color! Going slowly, sweep the nailpolish brush onto each nail careful not to miss any spots, but paying close attention as to the quality of your polishing. The trick for giving yourself a great manicure is patience! If you go too fast you will mess up with bumpy polish, layers of polish, and it will go on your fingers. If you are careful and go slow, and possibly get a little dab of nailpolish on your finger, a qtip with some nailpolish remover will ever so carefully remove it. After applying the colored nailpolish to your nails, (more than 2 coats of colored nailpolish looks very caked and is highly unrecommended) put on a clear coat of nailpolish on top of the colored nailpolish.
For those who want to get a little savvy with their nailpolish, after applying the colored nailpolish you can take a nailpolish pen and give yourself polka dots, stripes, or a design and then apply a clear coat. Or at the edge of your nail you can draw a line (of a contrasting color) for a French manicure look. The possibilities are endless! There are also nail stickers for those who want to look a little artistic.
**Cardinal rule of how to give yourself a manicure, be patient, not only when applying your nailpolish, but also when you’re done applying, you MUST take the time to sit and let the nails dry. The polish is very sensitive and even 1 minute of moving your hands around could smudge it. So watch out! Good Luck & Enjoy 🙂