Tips for a Perfect Manicure
From SpaWeek come tips on how to do the perfect mancure — yourself.
Before You Begin
Say your goodbyes to last week’s polish shade and take it all off. We’ve found that pure acetone nail polish remover makes removal super easy. Glitter doesn’t even stand a chance.
Step 1: Trim Your Nails
First, if your nails are too long for your liking, give them a little trim using a nail clipper.
Step 2: File and Shape
Once you have your desired length, file and shape your nails.
Step 3: Apply Cuticle Oil
Apply a healthy dose of cuticle oil and/or remover at the rim of the nail.
Step 4: Soak
Soak your hands in a bowl of warm water for a minute or two to soften your cuticles. You can even add some moisturizing soap into the bowl.
Step 5: Push Back & Cut Cuticles
Using a cuticle pusher or an orangewood nail stick, gently push back your cuticles. If necessary, grab a cuticle cutter to nip away excess skin. Don’t go overboard; you don’t want to leave any redness or raw skin.
Step 6: Buff the Nails
You’re going to want a smooth nail bed for perfect polish application.
Step 7: Moisturize and Massage
Just because you’re not at a salon doesn’t mean you can’t treat your hands to a relaxing massage. For a real salon-style mani, wrap hands in a hot towel right after and use it to remove excess cream from the nail bed. Wipe each nail down with a cotton swab soaked with nail polish remover before you apply polish.
Step 9: Polish Time!
Now you’re ready for the good stuff! Apply a base coat, then two coats of nail polish, and finish it off with a quick-dry top coat. Apply polish in thin layers and let each one dry for a few moments before adding another coat. Sit back, relax, and wait for your polish to dry.