Getting a manicure all the time is not cheap. With the expectation of tipping on top of doing your nails, the price of a manicure can become outrageously expensive. Sometimes it is better to do it yourself if it is going to save you money. There is absolutely nothing wrong with spoiling yourself, but if you are ever strapped for cash, here are a few tips on how to do a self-manicure.
#1. Make sure that you have all of the necessary products that you need such as a fingernail clipper, nail file, nail polish remover and hand lotion. It you are intending to put more polish on after you take the current nail polish off, then you will also need a fresh new color, along with a base coat and a top coat. If you do not fully understand what these items are, feel free to click on the words highlighted in yellow and it will provide you an image of what you will need. These items are offered in many stores, however, getting them from a local drugstore or even Walmart can save you loads.
#2. Wash your hands thoroughly before starting. Be sure to remove all of the previous nail polish. You can also let your nails soak in warm water. This will help give you the softness that is needed before you start your self-manicure.
#3. Push back your cuticles. Do not go too far. This is where all of the "new growth" of your nails appear. This is also the place that is prone to have little pieces of dead skin that keeps popping up. You can remove this with a nail clipper. File your nails into your desired shape. Now you are officially ready to start the painting process.
HOW TO PUSH BACK YOUR NAIL CUTICLES.
#4. Carefully apply a base coat first. This is essential to put on if you want your nail polish to last longer. Next apply the nail polish that you have chosen. Let it dry for a few minutes before you add the top coat. It is never a good idea to continue to polish your nails consistently over two times in a row. This will make it very difficult to stay on and it will allow unwanted smudges in your manicure. If you are having a difficult time painting the hand that is not dominant, practice until you are comfortable. This is not as challenging as many think it may be. With a little bit of practice, you will be able to master this in no time. Now that you have smudge free dry nails, add a top coat. If you are going for a night on the town, glitter it up, with a touch of glitter nail polish on top. Finally, lotion up those hands! Repeat this process every one to two weeks with a touch up, or change your nail shade. Congratulations, now you have done your very first manicure.
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