10 Must-know tips on how to do manicure and pedicure at home
When you don’t have the time, or you don’t want to spend the money, home pedicures and manicures can be just as good, as those you get in a salon and, if you invite a few friends around, you can make a pampering party too. If you want to get the perfect, stay at home, manicure and pedicure, just read these ten great tips.
1. Make sure to remove any old nail polish first
Before you start, make sure that you have removed all the last traces of any old nail polish. Use an acetone based nail polish remover for speed, but use it sparingly, because it will dry out your nails and your cuticles.
2. Trim your nails
Soak your nails first, just for a few seconds, and that will help stop your nails from splitting. Then trim, if necessary, and shape your nails to the desired shape. Use a gently abrasive emery board, rather than a metal nail file, and that will help avoid the nail splintering.
Next tip on how to do manicure and pedicure at home is to give your feet and your hands a nice, relaxing long soak in some warm water. Soaking will make your cuticles soft and easier to trim, but don’t add detergent to the water, just a bit of facial cleanser, or it will dry out the cuticles.
4. Use a cuticle oil or cream
After you have had a good soak, use a cuticle cream or natural oil (for example, extra virgin olive oil, sweet almond oil, sesame seed oil, or avocado oil) to soften them further. This will make them soft enough to work on, without causing any jagged edges or bleeding.
5. Work on the cuticles
Be careful when you are tidying up your cuticles and be gentle. Carefully push the cuticle away from your nail and then trim with cuticle nippers. Don’t be too harsh with the cuticles and don’t try and do too much. They can be easily damaged and can become infected.
Another tip on how to do manicure and pedicure at home is to massage a rich moisturising cream into the skin and the cuticles, and leave on to give it time to soak and hydrate the skin properly. Shea butter will also do a great job, if you prefer natural beauty products.
7. Prepare your nails
To prepare your nails for polish, you will need to make sure that there is no grease or dirt on the surface of the nail, or otherwise your manicure won’t last that long. Gently swipe the nails with some cotton wool dipped in nail posh remover, but be careful to avoid the cuticles that you have just moisturised.
8. Don’t shake the nail polish!
Your mum might have taught you to shake nail polish, but that will put air bubbles in it. Instead, rub the bottle vigorously between the palms of your hands and that will do the job without getting those pesky bubbles in the nail polish.
9. Apply from the centre out
Another useful tip on how to do manicure and pedicure at home is to apply nail polish to centre of your nail first, and then apply to the sides. Remove any overlaps or spills with some cotton wool. Allow the first coat to dry and then apply a second one. For extra staying power, finish with a coat of clear nail polish.
10. Drying nail polish
We’ve all read the tips on how to dry nail polish quick, but the best way is with fresh air and patience! If you try to speed things up with a blow dryer, you can overheat the polish and ruin the finish. But if you are really impatient and you want your freshly painted nails to dry faster, here is a great tip for you: submerge your nails in the ice cold water straight after painting them, and this should help speed up drying process.