A lovely guest post about manicures at home
Manicures are a special treat but regular pampering can be pricey. Manicures at home can be a fun and de-stressing treat for yourself while beautifying your nails.
Manicures at home
1. If you’re going to do a manicure at home, you should set the ambience! Put on some nice music, light a candle and relax – it’s all about escaping from the real world.
2. Begin by removing any existing nail polish. Then file your nails in one direction only, to prevent them from splitting. Us a crystal file as it’s effective but not damaging. Not sure what shape to file your nails into? As a rule mirror the natural curve of your cuticle. It will make your hands look elegant!
3. Once your filing is done, mix some hand lotion with warm water and soak your fingers for a few minutes. When you take your hands out, push back your cuticles. Once this is done, wipe your nails with a nail-varnish remover this will get all the oil off your nails.
4. If you have strong nails use a hydrating base coat, and for weak nails you need one that’s going to enrich the nail and add some protein. The trick is to use the base coat from the middle of your nail up to the free edge on the first coat. Then, after two minutes, go back and apply the same base coat from the cuticle to the free edge. This gives you a coat and a half, which will prevent chipping.
5. After two minutes apply your favourite colour. Apply one thin coat in three strokes (one down the middle, one on either side) from the cuticle to the tip, and then wait two minutes before applying a second coat, in the same manner. After a final two minutes apply a thin layer of fast-drying top coat. You’ll be ready to go in about seven minutes.
Don’t worry if you slightly cover your hands when applying varnish, because as soon as you wash your hands any excess will come straight off. Be careful not to undo all your hard work. If you have to open up a can of drink get a spoon or a knife to lift the metal flap. Whatever you do, don’t use your nails.
The final touch…
Why not make your own cuticle cream. Follow the recipe below to make your own moisturising and strengthening cream.
1. Melt beeswax and carrier oil together in the microwave.
2. After the wax mixture is melted, add the honey.
3. Pour into tin and let sit at room temperature until hardened.
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