How to Do a Manicure at Home

Hello darlings,

Hands are one of the few things that people notice about you during the first meeting, and as they say, “The first impression is always the last impression.” Therefore today I am back with a post which will help you in taking care of your hands even from the comfort of your home. Stay tuned to discover an easy-peasy procedure that will always keep your hands soft and youthful.

How to Do a Manicure at Home

Step 1

Gather your supplies. Make sure that everything you need is right at your workstation so that you don’t have to get up and move around during the procedure. It will make the process tiresome and the idea of relaxation and rejuvenation will be lost. Ideally, you should keep a filer, clipper, buffer, your skincare products, nail paints and some fresh towels handy.

Step 2

Cut, file and shape your nails. If you were wearing any old nail paint prior the manicure you may want to get rid of it before you can proceed with trimming and shaping your nails. To remove your nail paint, it is advised that you use an acetone-free remover as it is much gentler on your skin and does not leave any white coating behind or dry out your fingertips.

Now coming to trimming and shaping your nails, ideally your nails should not be very short as cutting them more than a certain length can expose your hands to dirt, germs and infections. Also, after you trim your nails you can file them in any shape you want. Try to opt for practical shapes like round and square as some edgy shapes might not be suitable for your daily life.

woman hands and feet with nail polish

Step 3

Exfoliate your hands with a scrub which is not too coarse as the skin of your hands is more sensitive than the rest of your body and can age way before the rest of your body too. After scrubbing, you can also soak your hands in lukewarm water sprinkled with salt or mixed with a gentle face wash for 3-5 minutes. However, if you have dry skin you may want to skip this step as it can make your hands even drier.

Step 4

Push your cuticles back. Instead of clipping them off, it is better if you push your cuticles back as cutting them off exposes your fingernails to a lot of bacteria and leaves you at a risk of infections. However, if you really must clip away your cuticles, make sure that you use a bit of baby oil to make them soft and easy to pull off.

Step 5

After you are done with pushing your cuticles back take out a base coat, your favourite nail polish and a top coat and apply them on. Wait between the coats so that each layer of your nail paint dries off completely and does not remain gooey or wet. If you are someone who does not wear nail paint, you can also skip it and instead complete your manicure with just a base coat and a top coat so that your nails look tidy, shiny and well groomed.

blue nail polish

Step 6

The last step is to moisturise your hands with a good hand cream, lotion or even with some luscious body oil. Moisturising your hand is important so that all the moisture gets sealed in your skin and your hands remain soft and supple. Moisturising your hands regularly will also keep the first signs of ageing at bay and give you a youthful appearance.

That’s all for today, ladies. Hope this helps.

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