I always prefer to do my nails at home, it’s quick and easy to do and gives me a chance to have a little pamper session! These are the steps I follow for my at home manicure:
Step 1: Cut and file your nails. I like to use a crystal nail file as you can use it back and forth without damaging your nails, they last longer than an emery board and are easy to clean by running under warm water and patting dry. I aim for a squoval nail shape which is straight across the top with slightly curved sides.
Step 2: Push back your cuticles. Apply a little hand cream or cuticle cream to your cuticles and let it soak in for a moment, allowing it to soften the cuticles before pushing them gently back with a cuticle stick. The best way to do this is in gentle small circular motions. Once done, wash your hands to remove any oil or residue left over from the cream and pat dry.
Step 3: Base coat. Apply a thin layer of a strengthening base coat. This helps to keep your nails in good condition whilst providing a clean smooth base for you to apply colour onto!
Step 4: Nail colour. Paint your nails with your chosen colour, try to only apply the nail polish in thin layers. Use three swipes to coat the entire nail, the first stroke in the middle of the nail sweeping from the base to the tip and then a stroke on either side. Leave a small gap between your cuticles, about a millimetre or so to keep your manicure looking neat.
Step 5: Topcoat. I never have time to wait for my nails to dry and so I like to use a fast drying topcoat, it only takes a couple of minutes to dry and leaves a shiny finish to the nails!
Step 6: Nail Oil. Apply a drop of oil to the center of each nail and let it run around the nail before rubbing it in to the sides and cuticles.
Step 7: Maintenance. To keep my hands and nails hydrated I use a good hand cream after washing my hands and before bed!
By our beauty contributor, Sophie from Sophie’s Makeup Blog.