I absolutly love a good manicure. I just couldn’t continue paying twenty dollars or more every few weeks for nails that looked good for a few days. I began watching, taking mental notes, and asking questions in order to master a professional manicure at home. I have no formal training or schooling but I have discovered a routine that leaves me with a manicure that lasts a minimum of a week to ten days. The following are the steps I follow.
Step 1: I soak my nails in warm/hot water with a squirt of my favorite liquid soap. I do one hand at a time, soaking about two minutes. Remove and pat dry with paper towels. Then move directly to step 2, then go back with other hand and follow step 1 then 2.
Step 2: I take soaked hand and trim the cutlicles on all fingers and clean underneath each nail. Now I know that there is much dicussion about cutting the cuticle verses pushing it back. The choice is yours but I trim them with cuticle scissors because my cuticles are ugly if left due to many years of having them trimed. Do the same to the other hand.
Step 3: I buff my nails with a nail block. Make sure not to buff too much on the nail as it will cause nails to become thin. Mainly just ebough to scuff nail in order for base coat to adhere better.
Step 4: File nail tips enough to shape them as you, making sure there are no sharp edges that will catch, resulting in a smooth nail tip. When finished wash and dry hands.
Step 5: IMPORTANT. Spray nails with alcohol. I bought a small spray bottle in the travel section of Wal Mart for less than a dollar and keep it filled and with my nail tools. Spray and wipe dry.
Step 6: You are now ready to start painting. Base coat is a must. I use One Minute Artificials by Nail-Aid($5-$6 at Wal Mart). It dries fairly quick, can double as my top coat, and protects my nails from daily wear and tear. I apply two coats of this, allowing for dry time in between and then I am ready for my nail color(s) of choice.
Step 7: Apply colored polish in thinner layers and allow dry time. I usually do three thin coats which results in the perfect coverage. When color is completely dry apply top coat in two layers, allowing for dry time between. Once that is dry you are good to go. Can follow with lotion or hand cream if you like.
Please try my home mainicure steps and let me know what you think. You can also use the same steps on a pedicure if you choose. Hope you enjoy the process and have the same fortunate experience I do.