Visiting the nail salon to keep your nails flawless all the time can be very expensive. And there doesn’t seem to be any other choice, right? Wrong. Follow these twelve steps without shortcuts, and you can be the master of your own manicure, in the comfort of your own home. Not to mention that it’ll save you a lot of money!
1. Remove old polish
Use a non-acetone remover to limit the damage done to your nails and start work with a clean state.
2. Use clippers
Use clippers beforehand since excessive filling can weaken the nails.
3. Choose your file with care
Take great care, since glass and metal can be very harsh for your nails. Use emery boards instead, since they’re less severe.
4. Cut out those cuticles
Choose a cuticle eliminator to get the nail-cuticle ratio just right.
5. Play with the shape
Since you’re in control of everything, play with the shape. There are so many choices that can match your personality or outfit!
This is a very important step so don’t forget to do it!
7. Base coat
A base coat protects your nails from stains and chemical-heavy polishes. Do it without exception!
8. Double coat
Even if your nails look good with one coat, a double layer will make them look even better and make the color last longer.
9. Top coat
A top coat protects the color from chips and scratches and gives the perfect finish!
10. Moisturize… again!
This time it will help you protect the dry skin and prevent chipping. So slather another coat when your nails are done!
11. Touch up
To make your nail polish last longer, you have to touch up every two days by applying one even layer.
12. Never pick your polished nails!
This can seriously damage the nail bed so make sure to use acetone for removal.