DIY Manicure at Home in 7 Easy Steps
I feel a little “undone” if my nails are not on point, however, with a fulltime job, a husband, 3 dogs and a toddler I find it hard to get the time to go and get my nails done. The cost over a full year is also quite expensive so for the last few years, I have started to do a DIY manicure myself and have now got it down to a fine art.
To get your perfect DIY manicure at home, saving you time and money, just follow the steps below:
Step 1 – Have all your essential tools and products before you start
To get started, have the following list to hand:
- Nail file and buffing block
- Cuticle stick/Clipper
- Hand/nail moisturizer/oil
- Nail polish (base coat, colour and top coat
- Cuticle remover
- Hand exfoliator
- Non-Acetone nail polish remover and cotton wool
Step 2 – Begin with a blank canvas
Remove all nail polish with the nail polish remover and then clean the remnants off your nails. If required, shape your nails with a nail file. A crystal nail file is best for natural nails, they cost more, but in my opinion it is a worthwhile investment. My favourite is the Leighton Denny crystal file which you can get in Boots for €16.99. To finish off, buff your nails to even out the surface and to smooth the top and side of the nail
Step 3 – Soak and Scrub
Now for the relaxing part! Soak you hands in warm water for 2-3 minutes and then exfoliate. I normally just make my own; it’s so quick and easy. You just mix 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1 tablespoon of baby oil and you’re good to go.
Step 4 -Apply Cuticle Remover and Remove the Excess
Use a cuticle remover lotion (I love the CND cuticle eraser) to help remove the hard skin at the base of your nails. Follow up with a Cuticle stick to push down the skin or snip it if required. Make sure you do not push the skin to far, lift or tear it as the cuticle protects the nail bed from bacteria and damage.
Step 5 – Moisturize
I love this step, it is the must relaxing part for me. For a real treat use a cuticle oil like CND Sola or Sally Hansen Vitamin E, however, you can just use a normal rich hand moisturizer. Massage it all over the hands and cuticle to replenish lost hydration. Again remove any residue of the nails so that your polish will glide on.
Step 6 – Paint your nails
Always start by applying a base coat to your nails. There are loads on the market that do different things but for the base coat I generally go for cheap and cheerful. Let this coat dry and then apply your colour in lairs, two should do it. If you are using a neon colour apply a layer of white polish to make it pop! Make sure you leave enough drying time between coats or it will come out tacky. My favourite Nail polishes are Sally Hansen, No.7, Catrice and CND, so there is something to suit all budgets. The last step is to apply a top coat and the only one I really rate is the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri for long lasting chip proof nails.
Step 7 – Relax and do not Touch Anything!
Sit back, relax and enjoy your favourite programme! I know the urge to touch things is overwhelming, but after all you’re hard work, the 10-15 minutes that it will take to dry, will be a well-deserved break
I hope you found the above steps are a help to you the next time you go to do a DIY manicure.
If there is anything that you do different or something I haven’t covered let me know.
As featured in the Limerick Life Newspaper 27th of July