Doing a manicure and pedicure at home can be easy; you don’t have to be a great painter as long as you can stay in the lines. At home, manicures will also save you some cash instead of going out to the salon. If your chipped or ragged nails are driving you nuts, here is a way to clean them up and get yourself looking like you have just left the salon.
Start by removing any old polish with acetone polish remover and a cotton ball. A cotton ball holds up much better and will not fall apart causing you to waste more remover than needed. Next, clip and file your nails to their desired length. Consider a round or square shape and try to keep all nails around the same length.
Next, soak your hands or feet in a bowl of warm water for about five minutes, you can add in some liquid soap to help soften up nails and cuticles. Be sure the water is not too hot because this will actually end up drying out your hands. When you are finished soaking, apply a cuticle cream over the bottom of the nails to soften any rough spots.
Using a cuticle stick or a Popsicle stick, works fine if you don’t have one, push back cuticles off your nail bed so they are out of the way for polishing. If you are used to a self-manicure and want nails to look great you can also cut back your cuticles if you feel comfortable doing so. Afterward clean and exfoliate hands with a scrub or homemade mixture of your choice, then wash it off.
Last thing to do before polishing is moisturize. Dry hands and apply the best lotion you have around the house. Make sure nails are wiped clean from any lotion and you are ready to polish. Apply a base coat first then two thin coats of polish. Let it dry then finish with a topcoat to help protect nails. If you are a little messy with the color, you don’t have to start all over again, just grab a Q-Tip and use nail polish to clean up skin around the nails.
Keep a few things in mind. Even if you don’t have time for polish to dry, clean manicured nails still look better than chipped polish. If you store polish in a cool dry place it will last much longer and prevent gunk build up. Also remember if you have a busy lifestyle, light polish is much easier to maintain than dark, so you will have less work in the future.