Going to the nail salon is a lovely treat but there are times that we don’t have the money or time for this fab little luxury. That said, the good old-fashioned at-home manicure is becoming one of my favourite things – after all, you just need a steady hand and a good collection of nail polish and you’re ready to go! Don’t get me wrong, it’s likely to take a little practice, but hopefully these top tips from the amazing Lauren Conrad will be the perfect place to start in perfecting the at home mani…enjoy!
Here’s what you will need:
- nail clippers
- nail file
- nail polish remover
- hand scrub
- hand cream
- rubbing alcohol
- base coat
- nail polish
- top coat
- eyeshadow brush
- cuticle oil (optional)
1: Clip and trim your nails
Trim your nails down to your desired length using a nail clipper. Until you’ve become a little bit more of a pro and got some practice under your belt, we wouldn’t recommend cutting your cuticles at home. But if you’ve had some practice and you are a pro, give it a go. Just be aware that if you don’t know what you’re doing, your cuticles can get infected, so stay clear. Yikes!
2: Get your nails into shape
Shape your nails and even out any jagged edges, using an emery board nail file. You can go for a square shape or rounded nail shape. Or something that’s a little bit in the middle – square with rounded edges can look really good.
3: Ensure your nails are clean
Make sure that your nails are extra clean before you get started, by using polish remover and a cotton ball. You don’t want to have leftover polish or base coat on your nails because it will make your new manicure appear uneven.
4: Exfoliate your hands to get them glowing
No need to buy a specialist hand scrub for this stage, instead just give your hands a gentle rub using your favorite body scrub. This will remove dead skin and give your skin a gorgeous glow.
5: Use hand cream to moisturise
We often forget the skin on our hands but just like the skin on the body and face, they need moisture after you exfoliate them. Use a rich, luxurious hand cream to keep your skin smooth and hydrated.
6: Prep your nails
Next, clean your nails again – this time with rubbing alcohol. The alcohol helps to remove the oils from the hand cream from your nails, resulting in a longer lasting polish, which remains chip-free for days – just like the professional manicures – score!
7: Apply a base coat
Use your trusty base coat and apply a thin layer to each nail.
8: Apply your chosen colour
Apply two coats of your chosen colour using quick, light strokes to allow polish to evenly distribute on each nail. For best results, wait for the first coat to dry before applying the second. It will eliminate those little polish bubbles that no one likes and don’t look professional in the slightest!
9: Add a top coat once your nails have dried
After your nails have dried, apply a quick-dry top coat.
10: Touch up with acetone and an old makeup brush.
Professional salon manicurists always brush off any polish that went “outside the lines” with a makeup brush and acetone to perfect the look. And last but not least, apply some cuticle oil afterwards so that your nail beds don’t look dry.
Want more inspiration for your nails? Our previous blog on Spring Trends includes some amazing nail art inspiration.