Every woman, including myself, will admit to the universal fact that we love having our nails taken care of by a professional manicurist. But have you wondered why it feels so good to go to the spa, relax, and enjoy a calming session of manicures and pedicures? Well, the reason you feel like a million bucks after you finish your salon session with Cece, your fav manicurist, isn’t just because you heard the juiciest bit of gossip but because having brilliant nails and pretty toes can give you the confidence and sense of accomplishment that are unique to women.
However, most of us don’t go to the spa every other day like some rich and famous celebrities because most of us don’t have to time or the ability to pay thousands of dollars every month for the spa. And while this can be a bummer because you don’t get the sense of satisfaction from having shiny nails every day, you now don’t have to go to the spa for the professional manicure and pedicure. How is this possible you ask? Well, you can just make your own homemade manicure from some simple household items by following the instructions given below.
And don’t think that just because you are doing your own toes and nails that it’s not going to turn out like how Cece does them because you can get professional grade results from these homemade manicure tips. But before we get to the steps to getting beautifully crafted nails, let’s take a look at some of the tools and ingredients you will be needing:
- Cotton balls and a non-acetone nail polish remover
- A quality nail file
- A buffing block
- A natural sugar scrub for exfoliating your skin.
- A stick of orangewood
- Cuticle oil
- Your preferred moisturizing lotion
- And the nail polish of choice for the base coat, color, and the top coat
1. Clear Out The Old Nail Polish
To get a good manicure or pedicure, you have to first remove the previous nail polish by using the non-acetone nail polish remover. The reason we recommend using non-acetone based remover is that the acetone can be damaging to the nails. This is important when you are searching online for a good nail polish remover. Also, remember to find one that comes with a spill-proof bottle so that you don’t have to worry about accidentally spilling it while cleaning your nails.
2. Get Your Beautiful Nails To The Perfect Size And Shape
After the nail polish remover is used, it’s time to use the nail clipper or a nail file to give your nails a uniform look that you want. Make sure that the curves are symmetrical and aren’t sharp-edged to avoid splitting. Some people prefer the new crystal nail files available online, but the choice is up to your individual preference.
3. Remove The Stains From Your Nails
Following the nail shaping, it’s time to use the buffing block that is helpful if you use too much dark polish. This is because darker nail polish can cause stains on the nails which can only be removed by using the buffing block. A good quality buffing block often has different textures on the various sides to give you the desired shiny nails in the end.
4. Exfoliate For Radiant And Youthful Skin
After the prep work for the nails is done, it’s time for your hands and feet to feel refreshed with a natural exfoliating regime. This should be followed after socking your hands for 2-3 minutes and feet for up to 5 minutes. While any exfoliating body scrub can work for this step, its advised to use a natural sugar scrub or simply make one at home. To achieve this homemade sugar scrub, just mix one tablespoon of sugar with a tablespoon of baby oil. Just apply this mixture onto your skin and scrub the dead and dry skin cells off. After your finish scrubbing, rinsing and drying your hands and feet, you are bound to feel like a million bucks.
5. Pay The Attention Your Cuticles Deserve
Next come the cuticles, which should be first softened using a little bit of oil and then be pushed back by using an orangewood stick. Make sure that the cuticles are nicely shaped with the orangewood stick before moving onto the hand massage.
6. Massage Your Hands And Feet With Lotion
The hand massage is one of the biggest reasons we go to the spa as it feels blissful and relaxing to the body and mind. Use a moisturizing lotion to massage your hands and feet to help soften and hydrate your skin. And while you are rubbing your hands and feet, don’t forget the cuticles and heels. A very important part of having long lasting nail polish is having super clean nails which means using the nail polish remover before applying the base coat to remove the oils from the moisturizer you used.
7. Apply The Base Coat Properly
Now that your skin is hydrated and your cuticles are soft, it’s time to apply the essential base coat. The reason you need to apply this coat correctly is to prevent any of the ridges and imperfections from showing after you finish painting your nails. A good quality base coat application doesn’t require multiple coats but one thin coat that covers the entire nail surface consistently.
8. Apply Two Layers Of Polish
Now that you have applied the base coat, it’s time to express yourself with color using your picked colored nail polish. If you want to get professional-grade results, there are a few tips to remember with this step. First, apply two thin coats of polish. Second, make sure that the polish is completely dry before applying the next coat. Third, swipe the nail polish down the center of the nail before applying onto the sides. Remember to use good quality polish to improve visual appearance and polish longevity.
9. Apply The Top Coat For The Perfect Manicure
Most women think that this is where you are done, but the top coat is just as important as the others in giving you a salon-quality manicure. A top layer doesn’t just add shine to your nails but also helps protect your nail polish from scratches and damage. To make sure that your nails are in top condition throughout the week, consider applying a thin layer of top coat every two days for that spa-like look.
10. Relax And Enjoy Your Beautiful Homemade Manicure
Almost done because it’s just as important to let your nails dry correctly as it is to apply the homemade manicure correctly. The best way to allow your nail polish to dry properly is by doing nothing which requires you to move your hands and feel, like watching TV for example. And, you are in a pinch of time, consider using drying drops that can be found online for a few bucks that can quickly dry your nails in just a few seconds.
We hope that this article on the steps to a perfect homemade manicure was helpful and that this helps you for the coming weekend.