Do you do your manicure yourself or you go to the salon? I have to admit, I went to a salon maybe a couple times in my whole life. I like doing it myself and there are a couple of reasons for that.
First, I prefer other people not to touch my hands with instruments. I think this is the hygiene and trust issue.
Second, going to the salon requires scheduling an appointment, time spent in the salon, in short - another commitment that I don't need.
Lastly, my brain tells me that this is not really cost efficient spending money on the service like manicure, that lasts for one week, if I can do it myself and spend a fraction of the cost of the salon service. I would rather spend on on great skin care products or prestigious brand cosmetics that will last me for awhile AND will give me the benefit that I would not be able to get without it. So, if I can do my manicure myself, I do it.
There are some simple steps that are required in order to get good looking manicure.
- Start with cleaning an old nail polish really well. My trick to get rid of stubborn old nail polish around my cuticles I learned from Sammy of The Nailasaurus An old tooth brush and nail polish remover. Genius!
- Keep good care of your nails and cuticles with Cuticle Oil from Boots No7
- Shape your nails with nail file (I prefer mine to be short) and push cuticles to make clean and neat surface for painting.
- Use base coat to protect your nails and make them stronger
- Use 3 strokes of the nail polish (start from the middle of the nail and then add other two on both sides). I used my favorite red nail polish from Butter London in Box Pillar Red
- Finish it up with top coat to preserve your beautiful polish for as long as possible.
- when your nails is ready for nail polish, roll the nail polish bottle between your hands to warm the formula for a smoother application (totally make sense to me)
- to make nails appear longer, leave a 1mm (or 1/32 of an inch) boarder around the cuticle and sides of the nail