Fingers & Toes

I have found that I like nothing more than taking some me time each week and giving myself a manicure and pedicure. For those of you ladies that love the special treatment but can’t afford to go to a spa, you should try giving one to yourself! I promise you won’t be disappointed, it has become the cornerstone of my beauty routine.

Here are the top steps to giving yourself a manicure and pedicure at home:

Having a professional manicure and pedicure is a wonderful experience, but it can prove quite expensive, especially if you want to get it done regularly. The good news is that it’s something that’s quite easy to do at home as long as you have the right knowledge. Once you know the basics of giving yourself a good manicure or pedicure, you can do it as often as you like, even as frequently as twice a week if you like!

 

If you’re ready to learn some top tips for carrying out your own manicure and pedicure, here is my advice for you:

 

Clean Your Nails

The first step in giving yourself the perfect manicure or pedicure is to make sure that your nails are as clean as possible. That means removing any existing nail polish. You can remove all traces of old polish by using a cotton ball dipped in polish remover.

 

Push Back Your Cuticles

 

The second step is to use a cuticle tool to push back the cuticles of your nails. Remember that you must always do this as gently as possible to avoid hurting yourself. You should never cut your cuticles as this could be very painful, however, you should trim any hangnails.

 

Clipping Your Nails

 

Decide how long you want your nails to be and what shape you’d prefer. If you want longer, shaped nails you will need to leave more length than if you want squared, more practical, short nails. Use a nail clipper rather than scissors to get a neat edge. Make sure that you clip evenly to get a uniform look, and take care not to clip down too far as you could accidentally cut the skin.

 

Filing Your Nails

 

Use an emery board to file your nails into the shape you desire. You can use this handy tool to smooth down any rough edges and also to achieve a rounded shape if that is what you’re looking for.

 

Buff Your Nails

 

Before you apply any polish, you should use a buffer to gently buff the surface of the nails. This will smooth down the surface and polish it.

 

Exfoliation

 

Use an exfoliating product to remove any dead skin from your hands or feet. Work on the area around the nails to ensure any loose skin comes off with the scrub.

 

Moisturization

 

Once your skin has been exfoliated, it’s time to replenish its moisture. Use a hydrating cream and rub it gently into the skin of your feet and hands to ensure they are well moisturized.

 

Preparation For Polish

Instead of applying polish to the nails straight away, you need to prepare them properly to receive it. You can do this by applying rubbing alcohol using a cotton ball to remove any excess oils which could spoil the finish of your manicure or pedicure.

 

Applying Polish

 

Applying polish is done in four stages.

 

Apply a base coat to each nail and allow to dry.

Apply the first coat of polish using three strokes, one to the center of your nail and the other two on each side.

Once the first coat has dried, repeat to add a second coat.

Once the second coat is dry, apply a clear top coat and allow the nails to completely dry.

 

Tidying Up

 

The final step is to use a Q tip, small paintbrush or small makeup brush dipped in polish remover to remove any excess polish or any accidental streaks.

 

Now you have perfect nails!