Our fingers and hands regularly get in touch with various chemicals, while scrubbing the floor to washing the dishes. We get so indulged in household activities that we forget to pamper our hands. Let’s spend some time for your own care. If you can’t pay for a manicure at the salon, do it yourself at home. DIY manicure at home is relaxing and time saving.
Things You will Need
- Nail Polish Remover
- Warm Water
- Emery Board or Nail Filer
- Mild Facial Cleanser or Moisturizing Soap
- A Good Base Coat
- Lemon Juice or Olive Oil
- Moisturizing Cream or Lotion
- Nail Polish
10 Steps for Home Manicure
Step 1- Remove the Old Nail Polish
Dip a cotton ball in the nail polish remover. Rub it on your nails for 5-8 seconds, whether you have nail polish or not. It will cleanse your nails and remove any substance, invisible to the naked eyes.
Step 2- Soak Your Hands in Warm Water
Soak your hands in a bowl filled with warm water, for at least 7-10 minutes. Use moisturizing soap to wash your hands. If your hands are rough, you can use mild facial cleanser. Once completed, pat your hands with a soft and dry towel.
Step 3- Cut Your Nails
Trim down your nails up to the length you desire. Try to keep them short or mid-length. But, if you are comfortable, long nails are also fine. Keep the length of the nails slightly longer than you want, because you need to file them to the wished length.
Step 4- File Your Nails
Using nail filer or emery boards, file your nails from the external corners to the tips. Instead of going back and forth, file them in one direction.
Step 5- Soak Your Nails Again
Take warm water in a bowl. Add 1-2 tbsp of olive oil or lemon juice to it. Immerse your hands in this solution for 8-10 minutes. You can make use of a nailbrush for cleaning the nails. It will soften your cuticles and hands.
Step 6- Massage Your Hands and Cuticles
Massage your cuticles by applying some cuticle cream. Also massage your hands in a circular motion with moisturizing cream or lotion. It will increase the circulation of blood.
Step 7- Clip off Any Hang Nail
Push back your cuticles gently, with the help of an orange stick. To prevent any sort of infection, don’t clip the cuticles. Cut any hang nails, using nail scissor. Remove excess cream with nail polish remover.
Step 8- Apply a Base Coat
After cleaning and massaging, apply a clear base coat on every nail.
Step 9- Apply Nail Polish
Choose the colour of nail polish. The best way is to use three strokes for applying the nail polish- one from the centre base to the tip and one on either side. When the previous coat gets absolutely dry, apply the second coat.
Step 10- Apply Top Coat
Apply an instant drying, clear top nail polish coat on every nail. It will help to keep the nail polish for a longer duration.