Properly groomed fingernails are not only attractive, they are also practical. While maintaining your nails, keep in mind that with a great manicure, you're less likely to have to repair them later.
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Properly groomed fingernails are not only attractive, they are also practical. While maintaining your nails, keep in mind that with a great manicure, you’re less likely to have to repair them later.
Painting your fingernails is an art and it’s fun! This do-it-yourself fingernail guide is intended for those who don’t have the time to visit a manicurist and wish to do it at home, or simply don’t want to spend the money. Remember, your hands will show age before the rest of your body. Take care of them, keep them moisturized and well manicured — and you can defy the experts.

Filing and Buffing Your Fingernails

Before you begin an at-home manicure, Place your metal nail tools in an antiseptic solution for about 15 minutes to kill any bacteria and germs.

  • Remove your old polish before you begin.
  • Never file the nail in a back and forth motion. Instead, go from side to side, in one direction.
  • Your nails should be shaped into oval tips.
    Buff the surface of the fingernail after filing.
  • Soften your cuticles by soaking in a small bowl of soapy, warm water or cuticle cream.
  • Gently loosen your cuticles with cuticle remover or an orangewood stick.
  • Painting & Decorating

    Be creative when you give yourself manicures! Add wild colors, decals and stickers specifically designed for your fingernails. But first, you’ll need a good surface to work with.

  • To avoid air bubbles in your polish, don’t shake the bottle. Roll it gently in the palm of your hands before applying.
  • Apply your fingernail polish in three strokes, one in the middle and one on each side, taking special care to avoid your skin and cuticles.
  • If you’re in a hurry, or plan to redo your nails soon, apply only two coats of polish. Allow the first coat to dry before adding the second coat.
  • For longer staying polish, apply one base coat, two coats of polish, and finish it off with a top coat to prevent chipping.
  • Metallic nail polishes stay on much longer without chipping, but they’re much harder to remove.
  • Apply the polish to the edge, underneath the tip of the nail to reinforce the area.
  • When you’re finished, clean up any additional polish on your skin and cuticles with a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover.
  • >Let your nails dry completely for about 30 minutes before doing anything, and don’t go to bed with wet polish.
  • If your favorite polish is getting old and thick, add a bit of polish thinner or remover to revive it.httpv://
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