|Subscribe to our Free E-Magazine on Beauty.|
|Home > Hand Care > Home Manicures
Things Required for a Manicure
Emery board (nail file)
Buffer and buffing paste
Cotton wool and buds
Small dish with diluted disinfectant (dettol)
Small bowl for soaking your hands
First make sure that your hands and nails are clean. Remove any old enamel that you may have on your nails with the cotton wool and enamel remover.
Decide on what shape you would like on your nails, cut them if needed, and then use your emery board to file them. File your nails into the most crack-resistant shape: a square with rounded corners.
Take a cotton bud and remove a very small amount of buffing paste from the pot and smear on the top of your nail. With the buffer, buff your nails. To get a natural shine, use a buffer that offers three or four polishing textures. Start with the coarsest surface and end with the finest one.
With another cotton bud, remove a small amount of cuticle cream and apply to the cuticle of each nail. Massage this in circular movements.
Soak your hands in warm soapy water containing an anti-bacterial liquid soap.
Dry your hands carefully pushing back the cuticles with the towel.
Put a tipped orange stick into your cuticle remover and wipe over each cuticle and push back each cuticle in circular movement.
Wet your cuticle knife to carefully lift the cuticle from the nail plate.
Use Cuticle nippers to remove excess cuticle.
Re-soak your hands then pat dry. It is important to remove cuticle remover from your hands after application. Dry and apply a good moisturizer all over the hand and arm up to the elbow, as this is a place everyone tends to forget.
Squeak clean the nails with cotton wool and enamel remover again to remove any oil from the moisturizer that is left on the nail plate.
Now apply nail enamel. Roll the bottle between your palms (like Manicurists do) to get rid of the air bubbles and stir the enamel.
Apply your base coat and wait for it to dry. Pick your coloured enamel and paint on, wait for the enamel to dry and apply the topcoat to coloured enamels. If you do not wish to paint your nails then just quickly go over them again with the buffer for a lovely shine.
One last thing, use your orange stick and enamel remover to remove all traces of enamel left on the skin to make a really neat job.
Tips to keep your manicure looking great longer
After your bath or any washing, always massage your hands with a lubricating cream. In fact, barrier creams should always be used when tackling particularly dirty and greasy jobs.
Weekly manicure, which will make your hands look good along with helping them to combat annoying problems like chipping, splitting, peeling and cracking.
If your nails persistently split and chip, then they probably need strengthening by regular use of one of the many nail hardeners in the market.
Every night, before bedtime, massage your hands with a cream for few minutes.
For an emergency treatment for coarse, rough skin, apply cream lavishly at bedtime and go to sleep with cotton gloves on.
Exercising the hands can help to make them flexible and improve circulation. Try performing these exercise at least 6-10 times a day:
The French Manicure
This type of a manicure is useful, where the tips of nails are pure white. This is a look that is very popular because it makes your nail look healthy and clean. It`s suitable for all occasions since it is ultra natural.
The French Manicure works well for nail lengths which are medium to long: 1/4" to 3/4." The white nail polish is typically aligned with the edge of the finger, but there are alternatives, which also look very attractive. You can have long nails with little white or shorter nails with a lot of white. Besides the color quantity and color combinations, there is the choice between the shapes of the nail tips: round, oval, or square. To draw the white tips you can user a small paintbrush if you want the colour to spread evenly.
Tip guide strips
Neutral polishes are very pale, sheer shades with a pink, beige or peach cast. Consider French manicure kits that offer everything in one convenient box.
Next step is to file and shape your nails. Tend to your cuticles, then wash and dry your nails completely. Apply the base/top coat and let it dry. Base coat is applied to protect your nails and to help prevent chipping.
Peel off a guide strip and affix it below the tip of a nail, following its natural curve. The guide will allow you to paint an even white tip with ease and precision. However if you don`t have the guide strips then follow this method.
For a square look, paint a straight line across the tips; for a rounded appearance, follow the curve of the nail; and to get a pointed style, paint in from each side to the centre.
Paint each nail tip white, extending the brush stroke from the top of the guide to the end of the nail. Take care not to get any white polish on the body of the nail below the guide. Let the tips dry.
Once the tips are dry remove all the guides. Dissolve leftover adhesive by rubbing it gently with a cotton swab dipped in alcohol.
Apply two coats of the neutral polish, letting the first coat dry before the second application. Finish with a thin layer of base/top coat.
The key to this look is to wait for each coat to dry thoroughly before applying the next coat otherwise you will end up with smudges.
If the classic French manicure is a little too conservative for your style, make your own color combination. Instead of neutral and white polishes, red with gold tips or white with silver tips or any combination you like.
Give yourself time to practice. It may take awhile to get the hang of applying the tip guides. However practice will make you perfect.