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How to Do an At-Home Manicure and Pedicure Properly

Do you love the way your hands and feet look after a professional manicure and pedicure and can’t seem to replicate the same results at home? Are you looking for some DIY manicure and pedicure tips to save you money? Here are some tips to do the best at home manicure and pedicure.

First, start with the essentials. You’ll need nail polish remover and cotton balls if you already have nail polish on. If you have gel nail polish on, you’ll need acetone nail polish remover, cotton balls, and tin foil. You’ll also need a nail file, buffer, sugar scrub, orangewood stick, cuticle oil, lotion or moisturizer, base coat, top coat, and your favorite nail polish color. All of which can be found at your local drug store.

Next, start with a clean canvas. If your nails are clean, you’re good to go. If you have regular nail polish on, use a non-acetone nail polish remover and cotton balls to remove it. If you have gel polish on or very thick glitter polish, you may need to soak cotton balls in acetone nail polish remover and let them sit on your nails for a few minutes. You can keep it on your nails with tin foil. Once your nails are clean, clip and file them to your desired length and shape. Crystal nail files work well to shape even the most delicate nails. Then buff the top of your nails to provide a smooth surface in preparation for when you’re ready to apply the color.

Then, soak your hands and feet for a few minutes.  Afterwards, exfoliate with your sugar scrub to remove all of the dead skin cells. Now is the time to take care of your cuticles. Rub a little cuticle oil on them to soften them up. Once they are soft, push them back with the orangewood stick. Then massage your hands and feet thoroughly with moisturizer or lotion. Before you start the color process, do one last swipe of the nail with a non-acetone nail polish remover to remove any remaining oil and moisturizer.

Apply a base coat to create an even surface that is ready for color. Make sure to keep it thin. When you are ready to apply color, paint on one to two thin layers and allow to dry between each coat. If you want to apply it like the professionals, swipe your nail polish down the center of your nail and then on each side. Make the layers as thin as possible so it will dry quicker and won’t   smudge. Finally, add a top coat. You can also re-apply top coat during the week to give your nails a quick refresh.

After, try adding some quick drying drops on your nails to make them dry faster. Otherwise, just sit and relax and let them dry thoroughly before touching anything.

Do you enjoy doing your nails at home yourself or do you only let a professional handle it for you? What is your favorite nail polish color or your go-to product? Let us know by commenting below!

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing lrstewar@gmail.com.