5 Easy Steps for the Perfect At-Home Manicure
An at-home manicure is a simple way to make yourself feel pampered and look stunning— but to make it perfect. There is a process to make sure it looks perfect. Here are five easy steps to ensure you can get a perfect manicure every time.
1. Prepare Your Nails
The first step to a perfect at-home manicure is to make sure that your nails are clean and free of polish. If you have any old nail polish, use an acetone-free remover to take it off carefully. Once it’s all removed, make sure to trim your nails and push back your cuticles.
2. Shape Your Nails
Using a nail file, shape your nails and make sure they’re all even. Choose one of the following shapes:
- Square: Follow the natural shape of your nail and file your nails straight across.
- Round: File your nails into a rounded shape.
- Almond: Begin with a square shape and slightly round the edges to a more oval shape.
- Stiletto: Create a square shape, then file down the tip of your nail to make a point.
3. Choose a Color & Apply the First Coat of Polish
Choose a color of polish that will match your outfit or the occasion. Apply a thin layer of the polish and let it dry. Then apply a second coat of polish and let it dry completely.
4. Add a Topcoat
After you apply the second coat of polish, add a layer of topcoat to help protect, strengthen and give your nails a glossy finish. Let the topcoat dry completely.
5. Clean Up the Mess
A perfect at-home manicure will not be complete without cleaning up the mess. Use a Q-tip and some nail polish remover to clean up any errant nail polish.
An at-home manicure is not only easy, but it’s also a great way to show off your style and pamper yourself. Just follow these five easy steps, and you will have a perfect manicure every time.