Hand & Foot Care
Published on May 27th, 2013 | by Tom0
How To Give Yourself a Manicure
It’s said that hand is another face of women. So, just like your face, you need to make your hands look great. Fingernails are important for you to get beautiful hands. You need manicure your nails well. But, it’s really time-consuming and expensive to get professional manicures, isn’t it? And you’re at the right place. Here are tips telling you how to give yourself a manicure.
- A proper place is needed. You need to work in a table that has no valuable things on it, because and polish remover can damage many surfaces. You can do something else like watching TV during the time of waiting the paint dry. But, don’t forget the time.
- Clean old nail polish. Find a proper polish remover which won’t dry the nails. Don’t choose a remover contain acetone which can damage the nails. Use the nail polish remover and cotton balls to remove old nail polish.
- Trim your nails. Trim your nails with nail clippers. Never cut them too short. Make sure you can see a little of the white tip still. Then, file the nail with a nail file to create a smooth and clean shape. Just clean up the roughness left by clippers; don’t file them too short.
- Buff your nails. You can choose a pad-type buffer or a white block of a stick-type nail buffer and buffing powder. Whatever you choose, buff the surface of nail a little bit. Don’t buff too much, just even out the surface and smooth out ridges.
- Soak hands. Mix warm –never hot water and several drops of soap in a bowl. Soak your hand in it for a few minutes. This can help to soften cuticles and loosen dead skin, dirt and dust left by filing and buffing. Don’t soak them if you have dry skin or fragile nails, just rinse them. Clean the nails and the skin around them with a nail brush.
- Push back cuticles. Apply a cuticle cream after the nails dry and then use a cuticle pusher push back the cuticle gently. Just push gently rather than force them back. Don’t cut the cuticle. If you don’t want to pull the cuticles back, wipe off the excess cream in the direction that you push with a tissue or towel. You can use a small binder clip but make sure it’s well-formed and clean without sharp edges. It works well too.
- Apply lotion or hand cream. Massage lotion or hand cream into your hands. Use intensive lotion if your skin is dry. Make sure you nails and the skin around them have been covered. Then, let it soak in for half an hour or longer. If you do this after painting, allow them to dry completely just as before painting.
- Prepare for polish. Polish can’t stick to nails with moisturizer on them. So, wipe the lotion by a Q-tip with nail polish remover quickly. And then, wipe the excess remover. Apply a base coat or nail hardener to form the base for the polish, help it last longer.
- Polish now. Choose a polish that you really like. Roll (Not shake) the polish bottle for 10 seconds with your hands. Start the painting with a thin coat. Dip the brush into the polish and remove the excess polish gently by swirling the brush around the inside rim of the bottle. Start the painting from the center of your nails with a vertical stripe down, then, followed by another stripe on either side. Don’t move your nails too much to avoid the polish smudging. Let it dry for 10-15 minutes, and then apply the second coat. You can add designs after the color coats dry. Use rush, mask or stencil, rhinestones, or something else for your designs.
- Top coat. Apply a clear top coat because it can cover the nails space that have not covered by designs, and provide a smooth, hard shield for designs, as well as add shine. Then, you’ve finished and enjoy your beautiful nails.
Tips & Warnings
- Wear gloves to make your manicure last longer when doing house, garden work.
- A basecoat is needed before painting.
- Try different styles if you have enough time.
- Don’t mix mail polish with polish remover.
- Don’t use a sawing motion when filing.
- Nail polish and nail polish remover are flammable. Keep them away from heat or flame.
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