Manicuring improves the appearance of the hands and nails. Remove the old polish. Moisten a cotton ball with nail polish remover. Wipe gently with the cotton ball on the nail starting at the base of the nail to the tip.
Shaping the nail is the next step. Hold the fingernail file in the right hand. Gently loosen the cuticle with an orangewood stick or cuticle pusher. Apply cuticle oil or cream at the base of the nail. Brush nails gently in a soapy water with a downward motion. Dry hands and nails thoroughly. Buff nails giving them a smooth beveled edge. Wipe nails to remove any particles of cuticle or dead skin.
Apply base coat using long strokes. When the base coat is dry to a light touch apply polish. Excess polish on cuticle or nail can be easily removed with cotton tipped orangewood stick moistened with polish remover. Apply a top or seal coat. Nails need to be completely dry. A perfect manicure begins with nails and cuticles that have been properly cleaned and prepared, nail polish remover.
• base coat nail polish
• colored polish
• top coat
Once polish is removed, wash your hands thoroughly in warm soapy water to remove any residue of the nail polish remover. Now it’s time to file your nails and shape them. Once you’ve filed your nails, you’ll notice lots of nail dust on your hands. After soaking and thoroughly drying your hands and nails, massage Vitamin E oil into your cuticles. It only takes a little per nail. Be sure to wash oil completely off your nails before applying polish. Oil will keep the polish from adhering to your nails.
Apply a thin coat and allow it to dry before applying colored polish. Applying polish from your cuticle toward your nail tip will help in keeping nail polish on the nail and off your skin. Once polish is dry, apply a thin coat of color. If you find your nail polish has gotten thick, either toss it or add a few drops of nail polish remover to thin it down.
If there is any nail polish on your fingers, carefully remove with a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover. It’s best to maintain your manicure for a week if possible as frequent use of nail polish remover is drying to your nails.