Manicures are done at home or in a nail salon and are cosmetic beauty treatments for fingernails and hands. Nails are filed and shaped, any dead tissues are pushed or clipped, and hand massages are performed, along with the application of nail polish.
Nail polish is usually waterproof and can be left on the nails for up to three days before needing to be removed. It is also possible to apply decals or imitation jewels (from 2 to 3 dimensions) to nails during a manicure. Artificial nails, acrylic, or gel tips may also be applied during a manicure. There are many different types of manicures, including American Manicures, French Manicures, Acrylic Manicures, Gel Manicures, and Short Nail Styles
Before you begin doing your nails, gather these essential manicure tools:
Tips for Manicures
If You Get Manicures or Pedicures Frequently, It Is Best To Break the Routine
Though nails are hard, they are still skin. Like facial skin, they need oxygen to live. By coating the nails in nail polish all the time, the nails will become brittle due to a lack of oxygen. It is recommended that you take a break of at least three days before applying nail polish to keep them strong and healthy.
Going Blue or Bold
You may want a fresh manicure a little sooner with a bold color since you need to keep it neat and freshly polished. If you wear a pastel color, you may need an occasional manicure. Seeing your nails’ natural color near the base will help you see where they have grown.
Avoid Acrylic Nails
Acrylic nails can trap moisture, which may also cause various problems, such as an infection or an allergic reaction. Nail extensions can cover weak, damaged, or broken nails, but they require frequent salon visits to look good.
Bring Sunblock to the Salon
The same UV rays from a UV nail lamp or a tanning bed can cause wrinkles and cancer, so apply broad-spectrum sunscreen before getting a manicure.
Taking Care of Split Nails
Wrap a dry, clean nail with a towel soaked in the same nail polish, and apply a base coat. For severe nail cracks, you might want to consult a doctor. Use a manicure stick to smooth your nails, and then top it with more polish.
Don’t Shake Your Nail Polish Bottles
It’s a simple trick, but many of us shake our nail polish bottles and then wonder why our manicures are not perfect. Shaking creates bubbles in the polish, which can be seen on your nails shortly after and burst. Therefore, make sure to apply nail polish on your nails after an hour of shaking the bottle.
Apply Cuticle Oil before You Finish
After you complete your at-home manicure, whether you decide to add a pop of nail art or not, always apply some cuticle oil to rehydrate the area around your nails.
Keeping each coat of polish light will result in quick drying. Once you have dried the nail and cuticles, put some oil on your cuticles. This will help hydrate your nails as well as prevent any smudges. As an alternative, placing a cool breeze over your face works just as well. This trick can be easily adapted at home by using the cold setting of your hairdryer.
If your nail polish isn’t drying quickly, blow cool air from your hairdryer at it for around a minute. Hold it six inches from your hands for best results.
How to Easily Do At-home Manicure?
Follow the steps below to do a manicure at home without going to a nail salon:
Use Nail Polish Remover to Clean Your Nails
Take the time to prep your nails for the best manicure at home. Use nail polish remover to begin. Even if you don’t have polish applied to your nails, you should still wipe each nail with the remover to remove any oil or dirt that might warp the polish. Wash your hands afterward with water and soap.
Avoid Splitting Your Nails while Cutting Them
When clipping your nails, go from the side to the mid to avoid splitting them. If you start in the middle, you might split the nail.
Cut, File, Buff
Whenever possible, clip your nails first. After that, file them gently in one direction to get your tips round or square or anywhere in between. Lastly, use a nail buffer instead of an emery board to smooth the tops and sides of your nails. Before you file your nails, ensure the natural oils are removed to help preserve your manicure.
Buffing your nails makes them look younger, brighter, and more beautiful and removes ridges.
Removing Your Cuticles
Cuticle oils and removers are different and cannot be used interchangeably, so choose the one that best suits your needs. Use cuticle remover to help dissolve dead skin and soften the area; do not use oil or balm. As you push back gently with a cuticle stick, oils will help moisturize, while removers act as exfoliators.
By applying a tiny amount of oil directly to the cuticle and gently but firmly pushing the cuticle back, the nail will appear longer. Moreover, prevent your cuticles from getting cut to keep your nails healthy and soft.
Use a Nail Brush
Using a nail brush after applying oil and softly pressing your cuticles back is counterproductive, but after you wash off the oil, your nails will feel better. You might be asked to scrub your nails with water and a nail brush during the in-salon manicure process.
Prepare Your Hands by Exfoliating Them
Using a scrub to eliminate dead skin cells and replenish moisture on your hands, wrists, and forearms will leave them hydrated and feeling smooth. Wash your hands afterward and dry them thoroughly, then use your orange stick to gently clean under your nails.
Using a Moisturizer, Moisten Your Hands and Cuticles
Easily eliminate smudging and hydrated cuticles when you moisturize. Hand cream can be heavy, and smudging can occur later. Take this opportunity to relax for a minute. Just because you aren’t at a spa doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take a few minutes to relax. To finish, remove all the polish from your nails with nail polish remover.
Put On a Base Coat
Chill for a few minutes after applying the base coat. This will hydrate and protect the nails.
Put Your First Coat of Color
To finish, apply a thin coat of your choice of color. Make sure to reach your cuticle as well as the corners of your nails. The first coat should cover well, so the second coat should be a breeze. Keep the layer thin. To ensure your nails are covered in one coat, load only enough polish on the brush.
Strip three times: once down the middle and twice down each side.
Apply a Second Coat of Color
Put on your second coat of polish, and after 2 minutes, apply the second coat of nail polish.
Complete By Applying a Top Coat
Don’t skip the top coat, or your manicure will be severely compromised since it prevents chips and gives shine to nails. Let your nails dry and clean up rough edges. Use a cotton ball soaked in nail polish remover to tidy up any mistakes or wobbly edges. To trace around your nails, wrap your cuticle stick in cotton balls soaked in nail polish remover.
Having a manicure is the best way to beautify your hands and nails. Spas and beauty salons offer professional manicure services but can be expensive. These services are commonly used for relaxation and growing healthy nails. If you are up for some nail work at home, you can follow these tips and steps we mentioned above to get healthy, glowing nails without going to a salon.