Going to a nail salon is one of our favorite little luxuries, but with busy schedules, you probably can’t always find the time to go to a nail salon. Plus, regular visits to nail salons can be an expensive habit.
There are so many reasons why you should embrace a good old-fashioned DIY manicure and pedicure. Although, it’s not easy as it might look, it’s most definitely worth it. Keep in mind, it takes some practice to pass for a professionally done manicure. Here, we decided to share a few useful tips on do-it-yourself manicure and pedicure.
1. Clip your nails.
Before doing anything, trim your nails down to your desired length. Weather, you are doing manicure or pedicure cutting your nails first is always a good start
2. File your nails into shape.
File your nails carefully, rounding the edges. It’s highly recommended to file in one direction especially if nails peel and break easily or if they are thin. You can choose a rounded nail shape, square shape or something in between. Smooth the surface of your nails and toenails with a buffing block which will remove all those ugly looking yellow stains on your nails.
3. Care for Your Cuticles
Treating the cuticle is essential and leaves your nail looking like they’ve been done professionally. To soften cuticles rub a bit of oil on them first. Use a cuticle pusher to treat skin overgrowth and trim hangnails with a clipper. If you believe you can’t do this properly, then leave it for your next nail salon visit.
4. Clean your nails.
Clean your nails with non-acetone nail polish which does not contain any aggressive ingredients. Keep in mind that, “natural, ” and “organic” nail polishes often contain acetone. When buying a nail polisher for healthy nails, look for the non-acetone nail polish.
5. Exfoliate your hands, feet, and nails
Using a body scrub, give your hands and feet a gentle rub while removing a dead skin and providing your skin with some extra glow. Afterwards, it’s important to moisturize your hands with a hand cream to keep your skin hydrated and smooth.
And for your feet, if you have some extra time, soak your feet in warm and soapy water for 10 minutes. Use a grainy scrub to massage your feet and heels.
6. Apply a base coat.
Apply a thin layer of a clear base coat on your nails and toenails for extra protection. It’s important not to overlook the base coat since it will hydrate your nails and minimize splitting.
7. Choose your favorite color and apply
Once you picked your favorite color, apply two coats. If you want to avoid polish bubbles, let the first coat dry before applying the second coat. Do it like a professional, swipe nail polish down the center first, then on each side. The main point is to make the layers as thin as possible, which leads to longevity of your perfect manicure and pedicure. Plus the polish will dry more quickly when applied in thin layers.
8. Add a top coat.
Once your nails have dried after applying the second coat, apply a top coat for your nails to shine like they’ve been done in a nail salon.
Extra tip: Reapply the top coat every other day to prolong the perfect manicure.
After all this hard work, just relax and resist the urge to touch anything, since you most definitely don’t want to ruin your nails.
Just chill and watch your favorite TV show. You deserve it!