July 29, 2011 § Leave a comment
After painting my nails at home for so long I think I have finally perfected my process. Here are the five steps I follow for the perfect at-home manicure*:
Step 1: Apply a liberal amount of cuticle eliminator (I love this one) to nail base and cuticles and let it sit for 2 minutes. Push cuticles back and peel them off. It sounds gross but it works! Then wash hands to clean off excess cuticles.
Step 2: File and buff nails. I use a regular nail file first to get them to the desired length and shape. Then I use a buffing block (I have this one) to smooth the raw edges and shine the nail.
Step 3: Apply a base coat to nails. I just use the Ulta brand and it works great.
Step 4: Carefully apply 2 coats of nail polish. I say carefully because the slower you go, the less touching up you will have to do when you are done. I just dip a Q-tip in polish remover if I need to touch-up, but I have heard great things about this also.
*The only thing missing is the hand massage, which in my opinion is the only advantage of going to a nail salon.