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The Perfect At Home Manicure

Growing up I always wanted to be one of those girls who could give themselves a manicure that was just as good as a salon manicure. When I got to college I was looking for something to do that would get me off of social media, so I started painting my nails. I find painting my nails to be very therapeutic and look forward to doing it. Over the months I have experimented with different products and came up with my favorites. In this post I share some tips on how to give yourself the perfect at home manicure and recommend the products that I love. If you you are not currently good at painting your nails keep practicing at it. I was not very good when I first started, but I as I continued to do it I slowly became better and picked up on tips for how to paint perfectly.

What you need:

  1. Remove any nail polish left on the nails
  2. Push back cuticles with a cuticle pusher and clean up around the nail bed

  3. File nails to the desired length and shape. Make sure to file in one direction and not back and forth. 
  4. Buff the nails until smooth
  5. If you are using a dark color I would recommend using a base coat to prevent staining the nails. 
  6. Paint one thing coat of polish on the nails making sure to fo all the way to the sides of the nail and the tip on the nail. Avoid getting too close to the cuticle to avoid flooding the cuticle with polish.
  7. As you go to clean up around the nail and cuticle use an orange stick that has polish remover on it.
  8. After the first coat has dried, paint a second thin coat of polish.
  9. I recommend waiting anywhere from 5-10 minutes before applying a top coat. The best top coat I have found that is similar to a gel manicure is the Sally Hansen big Kwik Dry Top Coat. 
  10. Even though it is a quick dry top coat, I still let it dry for about 30 minutes before I go back to going regular activities.
  11. After everything has dried I apply lotion to my hand and make sure to rub the lotion into and around the cuticles.

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