Imagine yourself sipping freshly made tea while getting your nails done. Ah…the good life! How we wish we could do that more often but reality says, “You’ve got to be kidding me.” While we can’t really do anything about the tea drinking part, we can definitely give our nails that much needed pampering by giving ourselves a home manicure or pedicure.
Giving yourself a home manicure and pedicure could be a little tricky so let us clue you in on the basic instructions!
First! Your tools:
Nail polish remover
A nail cutter
An emery board
Your favorite nail polish (Base coat + regular nail polish + top coat)
Cuticle remover / a bowl of warm water
Foot and hand scrub
Foot and hand moisturizer
To make your home mani and pedi simpler, let’s break the steps down into 5 stages. Easy, right?
Stage 1: The clean-up and the 1st removal
Remove any nail polish you might have on your nails using the nail polish remover. Don’t soak the cotton ball too much with the nail polish remover. Any kind of nail polish remover is always hard on your nails and cuticle so make sure to use just the right amount. Do this on both your hands and feet.
Stage 2: Nail soaking and the 2nd removal
Get your bowl of warm water and soak your nails for 3-minutes. Remember not to over-soak your nails. Soaking makes your nails softer but over-soaking them may lead to damage. Towel dry. Apply cuticle remover to your cuticles and gently push them back using the orange stick. Using your cuticle trimmer gently cut the excess or the edges of the cuticle. Cutting too close to the nail bed increases the risk of damage to your nails. You’d have to be really careful and steady!
Stage 3: Trim and Shape
Trim your nails across rather than trimming at the sides. You can trim your nails at whatever length you want as long as it’s not too short. Really short nails = prone to damage. Finish it up by smoothing out the edges with the use of an emery board. Metal emery boards tend to be rough on the nails so opt for an alternative (plastic or wooden).
Stage 4: Scrubbing it down and moisturizing
To remove dead skin cells and to make your skin softer and smoother exfoliate both your hands and your feet. After exfoliating, apply moisturizer and gently massage it on your cuticles, your hands and your feet. Massaging promotes circulation and healthy nail growth.
Stage 5: A hint of color
After exfoliating and moisturizing, your nails are ready for nail polish. Apply a base coat first and then 2 coats of your favorite nail polish. Make sure not to put on too much nail polish. Finish it up with a top coat and let it dry for a few minutes. When applying nail polish on your toenails, use the separator. Be creative and go for a fun color or maybe paint a DIY nail art on your nails for a change.
Last minute reminder: The key to everything is moisturizing! It makes your skin softer and your cuticles will look better too.
Try it today! Give yourself a well deserved manicure and pedicure at home! Goodluck!