10 Steps for the Perfect At-Home Manicure

10 step at home manicure

When you become a mum, some beauty routines fall by the wayside due to tight budgets and lack of time. It’s important to have some time out as a mum, so if you can afford to go and get your nails done, go for it. But if you can’t we’ve put together a list of 10 steps for the perfect at-home manicure so your hands and nails don’t feel abandoned in this busy season of life.

1. Remove old nail polish. There are many types of nail polish removers on the market. Make sure you choose acetone free. Avoid spills by putting the lid on the bottle after it’s been applied to your applicator or tissue. Alternatively use make up remover wipes which will avoid mess altogether. Wash your hands after use.

Butter London Nail Polish Remover
Butter London Nail Polish Remover

2. Nail Maintenance. Clip, shape and buff your nails. Always file in the one direction and don’t use an emery board to buff nails. Use a nail buffer.

Tweezerman Mini Nail Rescue Kit
Tweezerman Mini Nail Rescue Kit

3. Push back cuticles. Apply an oil or cuticle cream to soften cuticles and use a cuticle stick to push back. Be careful not to push back the cuticles too far or split them.

Alpha H Age Delay Hand and Cuticle Cream
Alpha H Age Delay Hand and Cuticle Cream

 

4. Exfoliate hands. Use a body cleanser or add some raw sugar to a creamy cleanser and wash your hands and forearms thoroughly. The exfoliation will remove dead skin cells and get your skin ready for the next stage.

 

Loocitane Verana Body Exfoliate Scrub
Loocitane Verbena Body Exfoliate Scrub

 

5. Rub in a hand moisturizer. Once the moisturizer has soaked in, roll a golf ball between the palms of your hands for a deep massage.

 

OPI Avojuice Skin Quencher
OPI Avojuice Skin Quencher

6. Apply a clear base coat of polish to your nails. Wait for 2 minutes before applying another base coat or colour of choice.

 

Butter London Nail Foundation Basecoat
Butter London Nail Foundation Basecoat

 

7. Apply your colour of nail polish.

 

OPI Chocolate Moose
OPI Chocolate Moose

8. Apply a second coat of nail polish.

9. Apply a nail polish top coat to seal the colour and protect the polish from chipping off your nail.

 

Butter London Hardwear Top Coat
Butter London Hardwear Top Coat

 

10. Use a cotton wool bud dipped in nail polish remover to fix any mistakes near the cuticles. Rest your hands for 5 minutes to ensure your nail polish is completely dry.

For more nail tips, why not read Five Fun Nail Trends or Nail Art Trends for 2015.

How often do you get a manicure? Is your routine similar to the steps listed above?

 

 

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