Be it a social gathering or your workplace, I am sure you would definitely like to wave and flash freshly painted nails, as you charm your way into the hearts of those around you. How many times have you watched your fingers nervously, as the assistant in the beauty salon lacquered one manicured nail after another?
Well, now it’s time to say goodbye to those frequent visits to your neighborhood parlor, as you learn how to how to manicure nails in the luxury of your own environment. Taking care of your hands and nails can be pretty inexpensive. As you learn the simple tricks of the trade, a few practice sessions will find you filing away the corners of your nails with great adeptness. Given below is an insight into the various steps required for a home manicure.
The Items Required for Manicure
Before you begin the manicure, take a small tray or a little work table and organize the following items. You will need a non acetone based nail polish remover, pads of cotton, nail clipper, nail filer, soft nailbrush, Q-Tips, cuticle lotion, soft cleansing agent, pumice stone, buffer, emery board, orangewood stick, base coat and nail enamel of your choice, warm water in a bowl, scented oils or salts and a top coat.
Steps Required for a Home Manicure
Removing the Old Nail Polish
Saturate a piece of cotton pad with a small amount of non acetone nail polish remover and press it gently against each nail to remove the old paint. Be sure to move your strokes from the base upwards and avoid bringing the cuticle in contact with the chemical of the remover. All the remaining traces of the paint can be removed by wrapping a small piece of cotton on an orange stick, dipping it into the remover and applying it to the areas where the nail paint has failed to come off earlier.
Use an emery board for the purpose of filing the nails. It is important to hold the emery board flat against the outer lining of your nails and remember to file towards the tip. The strokes should be in a single direction and sawing back and forth in the same area should be avoided. Filing too deeply along the sides or sawing backwards, can lead to cuticle problems.
Shaping the Nails
The rim or the cuticle which is present at the base of your nails is the best guide for shaping your nails. The ovular or the lunar shape of the cuticle should give you an idea about the appropriate shape of your nail.
Pointed tips break very easily and squarish nails look good on ladies with long fingers. Shape your nails according to the length and thickness of your fingers.
Application of Cuticle Serum or Cream
Beauty experts discourage the usage of cuticle removers as they contain strong chemicals that can damage the delicate cuticle. A cuticle lotion or cream should be applied to soften the areas on the edges of the nail.
Soaking the Fingertips
Mix a mild cleansing agent or detergent in warm water and soak your fingers for about ten minutes. This procedure softens the cuticles, loosens and removes any dirt present under the nails and washes away the remains of the filing dust. You can also mix some drops of aromatic oils or half a tea spoon of bathing salts for a relaxing experience.
Removing Dead Skin
A flat and soft nailbrush should be used to scrub the nails and the skin present on top of the hands. The process should be carried out very gently, to remove all the dead skin. Wash off your hands and pat dry.
Using a Pumice Stone
Soak your hands in water before using the pumice stone. The rough edges around the nails can be easily softened by using the same. It efficiently removes any stubborn dead skin and stains on the fingers and makes it soft to touch.
After washing and drying your hands, you can use a nubby washcloth or cotton wrapped orange stick, to push back the cuticles. Use your favourite hand care product to make your hands feel soft and smooth after the pumice rubdown.
Clipping the Nails
Clip only the hang nails to a comfortable size. The delicate rim at the base of the nails should not be touched by the nail clipper, as it is a very delicate area and the growth of the new nail can be hampered.
Cleaning the Area Under the Nails
Cotton wrapped orange sticks or small wooden sticks that are used for dental cleaning can be used to clean the area under the nails. Moistening the nails before beginning the cleaning procedure can help in softening the nails to help the process. The dirt and food materials that infiltrate into the lower layers of the nail can be removed through this process. If there are any stubborn stains, then you may dip the wrapped orange stick in hydrogen peroxide for advanced cleaning. Rinse off thoroughly and pat dry.
Buffing the Nails
The appearance and circulation of the nails can be vastly improved by the buffing process. It is important to keep the buffing process limited to a single direction, as it prevents the nail from getting too hot. If you want a further shine on the nails then you can use the jewelers polishing paste along with the buffer. If you intend painting your nails, then resist from using a buffing paste as the nail enamel will not stick to the extra smooth surface of the nails.
Prepare to Paint
The selection of the base coat, nail enamel color and the sealant or top coat should be done before beginning the process of lacquering the nails to avoid unwanted smudges. Apply a layer of the base coat to provide a smooth surface for the nail enamel. The base coat also prevents the nails from the harmful effects of chemicals and makes it stronger. The free edges of the nail should also be covered with the base coat.
Shake the nail enamel bottle vigorously and rub it between your plams. Dip the brush into the nail paint and roll the tip of the brush inside the top portion of the bottle to remove the excess paint. Make sure to rotate the brush to allow the flow of the nail enamel from the base to the tip of the brush.
This facilitates smooth application of the nail enamel. Two side strokes and a center stroke should complete the nail enamel paint job. Avoid painting the cuticle and use the paint sparingly to avoid thickening or smudging of the paint. Thin matches can be used to remove any extra paint on the cuticles or the sides. Let the first coat dry before you apply the second coat of the nail enamel. Top off with a sealant or atop coat to prevent chipping of the paint. You can cover the tip of the fingers for providing the maximum protection. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly.
Now look admiringly at your well manicured fingers as you get ready to paint the town red.