Hands and feet take a lot of abuse during the week and, often, we neglect them in our day to day beauty routine. They deserve some pampering and TLC. Regular maintenance keeps skin healthy and gives nails an elegant look. Frequent salon visits, however, can become quite costly over time. You can save money and time by doing your own manicures and pedicures in the comfort of your own home. With the right tools and techniques, it’s easy to get perfectly painted nails.
- A bowl (for hands) and tub (for feet) of warm water
- Mild soap or shampoo
- Foot scrub
- Epsom Salt
- Cuticle pusher
- Nail file
- Pumice stone or foot file
- Nail nippers and toenail clippers
- Cuticle Nippers
- Nail polish remover
- Cuticle oil or remover
- Nail buffer
- A clean towel
- Cotton pads or balls
#1 Clip nails
#2 File nails
Choose the desired shape for your nails and file accordingly. File in one direction rather than a back and forth sawing motion, which can cause nails to weaken. Avoid very coarse emery boards as they can cause micro tears.
#3 Oil cuticles
Apply a cuticle oil to moisturize dry cuticles. You could also apply a cuticle remover to help remove dead skin. Note: Do not leave on for longer than recommended.
#4 Soak nails
Fill a small bowl with warm water and a mild soap or shampoo. Soak fingernails for 3 – 5 minutes, leaving them in longer can leave nails too soft. For an extra soothing treat, add marbles or small stones.
#5 Push back cuticles
#6 Buff nails
Use a nail buffer to gently buff nails and smooth out the edges. If you aren’t planning on using nail polish, use the polishing side to give nails a light gloss.
#7 Moisturize and massage
Give yourself a mini hand massage with a rich moisturizer. Spend a few minutes treating your hands to firm but gentle pressure. Massage wrists and forearms for extra pampering.
#8 Base coat, polish, and top coat
Clean off nails with a damp washcloth to rid nails of any greasy residue and let dry. Your nails are now ready for the base coat, polish and top coat. The base coat smooths any ridges and creates an even surface for your color. Next, paint on two thin layers of polish. Use thin coats of polish and allow nails a few minutes to dry in between coats. Lastly, add shine and a nice finishing smoothness with the top coat.