Top Ten Manicure/Pedicure Tips and Tricks
It is often believed that in order to get the perfect manicure/pedicure, you have to visit the salon to do so - this isn't necessarily true. Follow our tips to help you achieve the best results from the comfort of your own home, saving you both time and money!
1. Start clean
Before beginning, it is essential to remove all traces of nail polish from your fingers and toes. You can do this with an acetone based nail polish remover, or a non-acetone based one. Acetone based nail polish removers work faster, however, they can be quite harsh, causing skin to dehydrate, so use sparingly.
2. Soak your nails
Soaking your nails in warm water makes then softer and easier to trim, whether you use nail clippers or manicure scissors. Take your time to cut your nails to the desired shape. Don't worry if the edges of your nails are a bit rough, this can be sorted out in the next step.
3. Filing and buffing
Before you start filing your nails, dry them as much as possible. The drier your nails are, the easier they will be to shape with a nail file. Use a nail file to smooth out any rough edges on your nails, and to perfect their shape. Follow up with the use of a course nail buffer to smooth the surface of the nails, as well as remove any stains that have been left behind from dark nail polishes. Finish with a smooth nail buffer to add that all important shine.
4. Oil your cuticles
Using a cuticle cuticle oil on your nails will soften your cuticles, which will allow you to work on them without causing jagged edges/bleeding.
5. Using a cuticle pusher
Use a cuticle pusher to gently push back the cuticles around your nails. This helps keep the skin from your cuticles away from your nails, helps your nails grow stringer, and gives the appearance of longer nails.
6. Trim hang nails
As confusing as this can be - avoid using cuticle scissors to cut away cuticles. Rather, they should be used to trim hang nails - those dry, brittle bits of skin around your nails.
7. Don't forget the base coat
Using a single layer of base coat can smooth out any ridges in your nails, giving you an even surface to apply nail polish
8. Choosing the right nail polish
Finding the right nail polish is not straight forward by any means, and there is no perfect colour for all. There are many factors to consider, such as your skin tone, outfit, makeup, occasion, season and even current trends. There is a huge variety to chose from, and the best way to find out which is good is to try them.
9. Proper stroking technique
Start from the centre of your nails and work your way out to the edges in order to get the best coverage, using long brush strokes. Use a minimal amount of coats in order to prevent chipping.
The best method of drying your nails is patience. Letting your nails air dry will give them a natural look. Watch some TV, talk to a friend - just avoid activities that can smudge your nail polish.