Lockdown DIY: How to give yourself a manicure at home

Arpita Chatterjee
·3 min read
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When you want to know how to give yourself a manicure at home, there are several things you should consider. You can purchase all of the supplies you need at a good discount at a beauty supply store.

Keep a note of the essential steps discussed below and give yourself a manicure at home like a professional manicurist.

Clean your nails with a nail polish remover

Cleaning your nails is one of those times when you are in a rush and do not want to wait around for your nails to dry. And it is best to clean your nails at home with the help of a nail polish remover.

Follow with clipping, filing and buffing

When you are working with cuticles, it's best to buff them at home because this is an inexpensive way to improve your nails' look. Whether you're using a regular file or a particular file designed for nails, buffing the nail will make the cuticle appear more even, smooth, and healthy-looking. Although you can use other types of buffing files, nothing compares to a professional buffing machine, and they are generally available at most beauty supply stores.

Push-back the cuticles

A beautiful manicure usually involves trimming and shaping your fingers and sometimes nails. You need to take some efforts in pressing your cuticles back since this is one of the most neglected ways of doing a manicure at home.

Exfoliate your hands well

One of the best ways to get your nails to shine and look amazing is by exfoliating them. This can be done while you are doing your manicure at home. When you exfoliate your hands while doing a manicure at home, you want to make sure that you get all of the dead skin off. The best way to do this is with a loofah. You will need to wet the loofah and soak your hand in the solution for about 10 minutes. Then you will put the loofah over your nails and begin to rub the exfoliating solution over your hands. Do this for about five minutes, and then rinse out the solution.

Moisturise hands and cuticles

Always moisturise your exfoliated hands and nails to soften the cuticles. It will make them look supple and shine with health.

Apply the base coat

If you have never had your nails manicured before, then you should probably start with a base coat to protect them from chipping or cracking. The base coat lets the primary nail colour stay for a longer duration without letting it chip or peel-off.

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Apply the first coat of nail-paint

Let the base coat dry. Apply the primary nail colour in vertical strokes. Remember not to go for any hap-hazard strokes, making the nail paint look dull and uneven.

Follow with the second coat

Always remember to apply a second coat of nail paint. It not only helps in restoring the colour but enhances the shine as well.

Wrap-up with a topcoat

Follow this up with a clear top coat to help seal it, and then treat your nails like you would if you had a salon treatment. It also protects the overall nail paint from dust and scratches. Try to apply a single topcoat with singular vertical strokes.

Clean the rough edges

Before your finish, clean the edges of your nails with a soft cotton piece or an earbud. You can also dip the same in a bit of nail remover and gently rub the smudged edges with the same.

With all things under the command and well-executed, you are now ready to flaunt your newly manicured nails.