Home Manicure Tips
Properly groomed fingernails are not only attractive, they are practical. While maintaining your nails, keep in mind that with a great manicure, you’re less likely to have to repair them later.
Painting your fingernails is an art. Remember, your hands will show age before the rest of your body. Take care of them, keep them moisturized and well manicured and you can defy the experts.
Filing and Buffing your nails
Before you begin an at-home manicure, place your metal nail tools in an antiseptic solution to kill any bacteria and germs.
File the nail from side to side, in one direction. Buff the surface of the fingernail after filing.
Soften your cuticles by soaking in a small bowl of soapy, warm water or cuticle cream. Gently loosen your cuticles with a cuticle remover or an orangewood stick.
Painting & Decorating
To avoid air bubbles in your polish, don’t shake the bottle. Roll it gently in the palm of your hands before applying.
Apply your fingernail polish in three strokes, one in the middle and one on each side, taking special care to avoid your skin and cuticles.
For longer lasting polish, apply one base coat, two coats of polish, and finish it off with a top coat to prevent chipping.
Apply the polish to the edge, underneath the tip of the nail to reinforce the area.
Let your nails dry completely for about 30 minutes before doing anything, and don’t go to bed with wet polish.
Manicures - Artificial Nails
First, buff the surface of your natural nails. This will clean them and rough them up a bit, allowing the glue to adhere better. Then dry the surface of your nails and apply the artificial nails. Gently rock them back and forth to get out the air bubbles. Press tightly and apply glue just under the tips where there is usually a gap.
After the glue dries, file your nails as you normally would and clean off any excess glue. Paint as usual.
Longer nails are more prone to chipping and breaking. Trim down the nails before you glue them on.
When removing artificial nails, soak them in acetone and remove them with a cuticle stick.
Home Fingernail Repair Tips
The sooner you repair a broken nail, the less damage there will be. It’s best to always have nail clippers and a fingernail file in your purse and at work for a quick-fix.
To remove a polish smudge, dip your finger in nail polish remover and tap lightly.
For a chip in your polish, smooth the edges with nail polish remover and polish the bare area sparingly.
For a torn nail, clip and file. For a big break, file off the rough edges and apply glue to the surface of your nail. Hold your nail in place while it dries. Buff out to smoothen.