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If you want to get a spa like manicure, but don’t want to loosen your purse strings, we show you how to give yourself the perfect manicure in the comfort of your own home, with this step by step DIY manicure guide.
Things you need
•Nail polish remover
•Cuticle softening cream
Perfect Manicure Step 1: If you are already wearing nail polish remove it using nail polish remover and cotton swabs.
Perfect Manicure Step 2: Trim your nails using a nail cutter, see that you don’t go really short. One should be able to see a little white tip on the nail.
Perfect Manicure Step 3: With the help of a nail file, shape your nails and soften the edges in a C, U or box shape, whatever you prefer. Remember excessive force while filing can lead to weak nails, which will chip quickly.
*According to Wiki, “do not round the corners down into the sides of the nail bed. This can cause the nail to become ingrown.”
Perfect Manicure Step 4: Using a nail buffer, buff your nails slowly, by just smoothening the ridges. Again excessive thinning of nails can lead to breakage. One can also do this after pushing back the cuticles.
Perfect Manicure Step 5: Take some lukewarm water (and not hot!) in a bowl, add a few drops of shampoo and soak your nails in it. This will remove all the dirt, dead skin, dust left out after filing and buffing your nails.
Perfect Manicure Step 6: Using a towel dry your hands and apply cuticle softening cream over your nails, you can also apply vaseline if you don’t have cuticle softening cream. Keep it on for some time (20-30 minutes, later using a cuticle pusher gently push back your cuticles. Do it for both your hands.
Perfect Manicure Step 7: Now apply body lotion on both your hands, specially on the nails and massage them for at least 30 minutes.
Perfect Manicure Step 8: Now apply a base coat on your nails. This nail base, also called primer, will help to even out the edges on your nails, increase the lifespan of your nail paint and will also prevent the colour from staining your nails.
Perfect Manicure Step 9: Now comes the final step, pick your favourite nail polish and start painting your nails using a thin coat. You can start with a vertical stroke and then go ahead and finish the whole nail.
Perfect Manicure Step 10: Let it dry for a while and then apply a final coat