What I use// 1. Remove previous nail polish// 2. File your nails// 3. Use oil for your cuticles// 4. Push your cuticles// 5. Use o treatment for nails and cuticles// Final result
Having a nice manicure is probably one of the most important things for me. So I thought I would show you what I do when I want a simple manicure, and how I do it. First off I will explain the photos and after that I will write some additional info. Hope you will like it. Let's get to it!
For this manicure I use: nail polish remover, a cotton pad, oil and a special stick for my cuticles, nail file and a treatment for nails and cuticles.
1) Start by removing any nail polish from your nails. Even if you don't have nail polish on your nails, clean your nails with a nail polish remover. Make sure it's acetone-free. Better for your nails, cuticles and the skin around your nails.
2) File your nails. Start from the center of the nail and file towards the corners. Don't file from one corner to another because it wrecks your nails. And make sure you use a good nail file. Trust me when I say that a damaged nail file means damaged nails.
3) Use an oil for a cuticles. Massage it gently in your cuticles.
4) Push the cuticles with a special stick. You can find these very cheap at drugstores.I paid less than $1 for a set of 10. Try to avoid the metal tools that come with manicure sets.
5) Clean your nails with a napkin to remove the excess oil. After that use a treatment for your nails and cuticles. This can come in different forms. For now I'm testing the castor oil. Apply it onto your nails and cuticles with a brush (or your finger), rub it and leave it for about 5 minutes. After that wipe it off with a tissue.
6) You are done!
Of course that you can leave them like that or you can apply a transparent nail varnish. There are some that are treatments too. Or you can use a color of your choice. It's up to you.
My notes would be these:
- If your cuticles are a little bit thicker soak your fingers in warm water for about 10 minutes. Add a little bit of soap or shower gel. But make sure it's a hydrating one.Do this after you removed your nail polish and before you start pushing your cuticles. I don't recommend cutting them. There are various reasons. The most important is that you can end up with an infected nail. So pass!
- You can use whatever cuticle treatment you like. There are balms, creams, oils. It doesn't matter as long as it gets the job done. If you don't have anything like that around the house, just rub some body butter onto your nails. Olive oil is just as good.
- The treatment I use is castor oil. It's cheap and it's great for nails, hair, eyebrows (for those with thin eyebrows) and for your eyelashes.You can use whatever you prefer. This is my method.
- Don't forget about hand cream. It's important if you want delicate hands and healthy skin and nails.
What is your manicure routine? I would love to read your comments and maybe learn something new.
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