I get a lot of compliments on my nails and it makes me feel really good because I don’t get them done professionally.
In fact, I do my nails at home once every 1-2 weeks. The technique I use is really simple. My goal is nice looking nails in a short amount of time.
What You’ll Need:
- nail polish remover
- a small bowl
- finger nail file
- cotton balls / tissue
- small paint brush
- cuticle remover / cuticle pusher
Start by washing your hands and then soaking your nails in a small bowl filled with nail polish remover for about 3 minutes.
Using a cotton ball or tissue begin removing any remnants of polish from your nails.
Next begin pushing back your cuticles with a cuticle pusher or trimming them. This makes it easier to smoothly paint on your polish without making a mess and here’s a really inexpensive set from e.l.f.
Using a nail file, begin smoothing your nails. The goal is to smooth away any snags around your nails, and
sculpt them to your desired shape.
No apply a base coat to your nails. This will protect them, keep them strong. I use Revlon’s Multi Care Base and Top coat because it provides the protection my nails need in one bottle to make my mani last longer.
Now I start painting my nails in my color of the week with one stroke down the center, and
then another on either side. For this tutorial I’m using Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear, Green with Envy.
The Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear line has been my favorite this Summer because it goes on so think the first time, there is no need for a second coat.
If at this point you have any excess nail polish on your cuticles or skin around your nails, here’s what you do.
Dip the tiny paintbrush into your bowl
of nail polish remover, and run it around your cuticle to
clean up the edges and leave you with a nice crisp line.
No apply a top coat to your nails using the Revlon’s Multi Care Base and Top coat or your favorite top coat. This final top coat will leave you nails looking so shiny.
So that’s my 5 Step Easy DIY Manicure. Learning how to do these basic steps have saved me so much money. I’m no longer dependent on the nail salon to provide me with a salon looking manicure.