Today’s post is about achieving the professionally done pretty nails in the comfort of your home. Though there are manicurists who provide at home services, I will be discussing do-it-yourself ways of making your hands and feet look pretty. Every-time I got a salon mani-pedi I would try and observe the steps the manicurist used and it took me some time to finally accomplish a similar finish at home. The hardest parts for me were the cuticles and the nail paint. The warm water cleansing and massaging were the easiest sections of the process. If you have ever tried a mani-pedi at home let me know what you find hard or easy.
Manicures and pedicures follow the standardized nail shaping- soaking- cuticle removing- cleansing- moisturisong- paint routine. The following is a step-to-step guide :
Step 1: Remove all traces of old nail polish from the nails.
Step 2: Cut and file the nails into the desired shape and length. While filing don’t see-saw back and forth because this tends to leave the nails weaker and with jaggered edges. Instead file from the edge to wards the center and repeat on both sides, then gently even out the center of the nails.
Step 3: Soak your hands in a bowl of warm water, you could even start the process after a hot shower. The warm water softens the skin around the nails making them easier to buff and shape. You could even apply a hand or foot scrub for a deeper cleansing.
Step 4: Trim and remove cuticles. Watch the following video for a detailed guide on cuticle removing. Cuticle trimming might hurt in the first attempt because most people tend to cut into the skin too. But don’t worry it won’t have any long lasting effects and you will get the hang of it by the second-third time. It’s best to use a cuticle removing solution like the Sally Hansen cuticle remover but you could also use hair conditioner or Vaseline to soften the cuticles before pushing them.
Step 5: Cleanse your nails with a mild hand soap and nail brush. The main purpose is to remove the trimmed dead skin form the cuticles. You could even use an extremely soft bristle toothbrush. Make sure to clean under the nails too. During a pedicure at this stage use a foot file or pumice stone to remove dead skin and calluses from under the feet. If required you could buff the nail surface before rinsing them
Step 6: Moisturise and massage using a lotion. You could use specific products like hand and nail cream or specialty foot creams if desired. Let your hands and feet rest for 10 minutes.
Step 7: Using a acetone or nail polish remover wipe off any moisture and product from the nails.
Step 8: Apply your favourite nail colour. The following video is a detailed guide on applying nail polish. Give it plenty of drying time, a minimum of 15 minutes. There are beauty hacks like the use of Vaseline or white glue to easily help remove excess polish from outside the nails but the results vary between individuals. Personally I have tried these and they are more of a hassel than a hack, taking my time with the nail polish application using tips from the following video has worked best.
When applying nail polish don’t shake the bottle back and forth, it creates bubbles which transfer onto your nails and also results in loss of product that remains in the cap area. Instead roll it between your hands. Also let your nails naturally air dry, blowing at them or drying under the fan are also responsible for the post mani-pedi bubbles. I have tried experimenting with nail art with items around the house including scotch tape but they usually failed until I watched Anusha’s video. The use of industrial tape or electrical tape for graphical nail art works perfectly. Just one difference from her video is to peel the tape away while the nail paint is wet otherwise parts of the enamel from the design also gets peeled. You could further read the article by Allure on ‘manicure mistakes you’re probably making‘.
You could follow the whole process once a month and update your nails weekly with cuticle removing and nail paint application. It’s advised to leave your nails bare for one-two days fortnightly to help retain their luster. Now you are all set to rock those pretty hands and feet. Enjoy! 🙂