Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The best manicure at home

By doing your nails at home, not only you are saving some bucks, but it can be therapeutical as well. Just sit down in some relaxing position and start these steps:
  • Step 1 : Start by removing the nail polish with a good amount of acetone. If they are too big and damaged, cut them to a fair length.
  • Step 2 : After cutting, file the nails as you prefer : if you opt for a square format start by the middle and then the lateral zone ; if you prefer a more circular shape , start by filing the sides towards the center, always with slight movements .
  • Step 3 : Wash your hands with soap and water, rubbing them well, and then dry them .
  • Step 4: Apply a moisturizing cream on hands and nails, giving special attention to the cuticles, as they should stay hydrated and soft. If you're not a big fan of moisturizer formulas, that are often too greasy, try Rose Water instead, as it moisturizes and revitalized the skin, leaving you with divine hands.
  • Step 5 : Push back the cuticles with cotton or a Q-tip and remove the excess with pliers, but be careful, cut just the bare minimum, because the cuticles are protecting the nail.
  • Step 6 : Before applying the nail polish, apply a base coat, especially if you have nails with an irregular surface (base coats are specifically designed to smooth these imperfections ).
  • Step 7 : Apply the nail polish in the center of the nail and then spread to the sides. The layer should be thin so that it lasts longer. Remove the excess with a toothpick or you can actually dip a liner brush in acetone, as the oblique angle of the brush is ideal to remove just the extra (just don't forget to wash the brush with soft soap after, so it doesn't get ruined). If you are not very precise or don't have much patience for this step, do not worry. With the hand washing it will eventually come out. 
And that's it, you can now do your makeup and take a stroll to town, have a glass with your friends, go out to dinner with your husband, and be prepared to receive some compliments on how beautiful your hands look.

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