Monday, 20 August 2012

Your at home salon manicure

We have all had it when you haven't got time to go to the salon to get your nails done, or you prefer to do your nails at home, here i will show you how to get the salon manicure from your own home. 

You will need:

  • Nail file 
  • Cuticle stick/hoof
  • A small bowl
  • Cuticle cream 
  • Cuticle nippers 
  • Your favorite hand cream 
  • Your desired nail varnish

1. Start by filling you bowl with warm water, you could even add a teeny bit of bubble bath to make you hands extra soft. :)

2.Apply your cuticle cream to your first hand, i usually start with my left, and massage into cuticles.
3.Soak your hand in the water for 5 minutes.

4.When the 5 minutes is up take your hand out and place onto the towel, with the hoof stick gently start pushing back your cuticles. This will make your nails look longer!
5.If you have excess cuticle take your cuticle nippers (you can get these in boots & superdrug) and cut the rest of the cuticle off. 
6.Repeat the same steps on the opposite hand.
7.With your nail file shape your nails into the desired shape you require. (remember to file your nails from corner to center so that they do not splinter)
8.Then paint your nails, i like to use O.P.I's nail envy to help strengthen my nails. A base coat will help protect your nails from discoloration especially if you have a red nail varnish.

9.After your base coat is dry paint your nails with your nail varnish applying two coats.

10.When your nail varnish has dried apply your top coat, this will help your nails varnish not to chip and give a nice shine.
11. Lastly when the top coat is dry add your favorite hand cream so your hands are soft :) 


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