Not only does taking care of your hands and feet help you look and feel good, but also it is good for the overall health of your extremities. If you are quarantined at home or do not feel comfortable going to a beauty salon yet, here are some tips for you to have a great DIY manicure or pedicure.
Clean and Shape
The first thing you need to do when doing a manicure or pedicure is to clean your nails. Use nail polish remover to get your nails shiny and smooth. Even if you don’t have polish on, using this will help moisturize your cuticles and strengthen the nails. Be sure to wash with soap and water afterwards. Then, shape your fingers/toes using nail clippers. When doing this, be sure to start clipping from the outside in to avoid splitting the nail.
Buff and Soak
Now, it is important to make sure your nails are smooth for a sleek coat of paint. Buff the sides and tops of your nails with a nail buffer to get rid of ridges and help your nails look better. Simply glide the buffer across each nail for a few seconds, moving back and forth until the nail is to your liking. Rub cuticle oil directly on the cuticle of your fingertips, softly, yet firmly, pushing it back to reveal the nail plate.
Apply the Coats
You are now ready to apply the color of your choice to your fingers or toes! It is important to remember that it is better to apply two thin coats rather than one thick coat. While it might seem a bit weird, this will help create a more seamless look and avoid the risk of blobbing. The best way to apply the polish is starting the middle and then working your way out. Once the coats of color are dry, apply a glossy top coat for a fantastic finish!