Steps to a great manicure at home:
- Remove old nail polish with nail polish remover. To get into nooks and crannies use a Q-tip dipped in nail polish remover.
- File and shape your nails in one direction only, and don’t curve into the corner of the nail.
- Apply a light cuticle oil or moisturizer into the nail and cuticle area for a minute or two. Then soak your fingers in warm soapy water for about 5 minutes, to soften cuticles.
- Gently push your cuticles back with the tip of an orangewood stick. (There’s also a really great product called Hindostone, which according to Beauty by Rona Berg, works beautifully and like pumice, it lasts forever).
- Rub your hands with moisturizer, then wipe your nails with a clean towel to get rid of the oils.
- Now onto the polish: apply a base coat to help the polish adhere. Then apply your polish, one or two coat is fine, just make sure to allow it to dry in between coats.
- If you are a hurry apply a fast drying top coat.
- After nail polish dries, soak your nails in ice water to speed up the hardening process.
- Artificial nails take 3-5 minutes to dry.
- Natural nails take 5-10 minutes to dry.