We just love wearing our nails in different colours and styles. Getting your manicure done by a professional can be costly since they would often need redoing. Even if a nail salon manicure costs around $15 to $50, considering having your nails done again after a week or two can rack up considerable amount of money.
If you don’t want shelling out much money for your mani then you should learn how to do your own mani! Never tried doing your own manicure? Here are some tips to help you out! You’d be surprised to see that you can pull off a mani just like what you have been paying for in nail salons!
DIY Manicure Tips
- First Thing to Keep in Mind
The very first thing you’ll need to remember is that starting on a clean slate is very important. So if you’re wearing old nail polish, be sure to wipe them out using a polish remover. Choose one without acetone as this can dry and weaken your nails.
- A Good Soaking
To soften your nails and have them ready for filing, soak them in warm water with a few drops of Argan oil. This oil will moisturise the nails and cuticles as it is packed with Vitamin E, essential fatty acids and Sterols. Vitamin E will also make the nails stronger and help in promoting healthy nail growth! Be sure to wipe your hands and nails dry after.
- Trim and File Your Nails
If your nails are quite long already, give them a good trim. Remember to cut straight across. Once done, your nails are ready for some filing action. File in a single direction only until you have your nails shaped. The best shape to go for is a short square tip. Never file like you’re sawing as this sawing action may just break or chip your nails.
- Push Back Your Cuticles
After soaking your hands in water and Argan oil, your cuticles would be soft enough for a gentle pushing. However tempting cutting your cuticles may seem, don’t give in to this temptation. If you overdo the cutting you might just end up cutting your skin and then this opening can attract infectious microorganisms. You’ll just need to push your cuticles gently using a cuticle stick or a Popsicle stick.
- Give Your Skin Some Loving
You can use salt or sugar for your scrub in exfoliating your hands. Don’t scrub away like you don’t have a care in the world. You’ll need to be careful as the skin in your hands are quite sensitive because the skin in this area is thin. Rinse away the scrub with water, tap dry and apply a generous amount of moisturiser. You can use the Argan oil in moisturising the skin. Your regular lotion would also do. Be sure to rub in the moisturiser thoroughly and work your way down each finger.
- Give Your Nails Some Colour
First apply a base coat. Once dry, apply a layer or two of the colour you want. You may need a third layer to get a deeper tone or to get that smooth look. Finish it off with a top layer of clear coat.