Fun fact: I’ve never gone to a salon for a manicure. I’ve never minded doing my nails at home and actually find doing an at home manicure to be a nice way to relax and pamper myself.
While I’m not incredible at doing nails, my technique has improved over the years so today I thought I would share with you my tips for doing your nails at home:
- Remove old polish
This one should go without saying, but make sure that any existing nail varnish is removed before getting started.
- File any rough edges
Filing your nails to make them smooth is going to feel better and it will help your polish go on better. You could also use a nail buffer to buff out any rough surfaces at this point too.
Massage a nice hand lotion into your hands and nails. It takes just an added minute but feels so luxurious.
- Apply a base coat
Applying a base coat will help prep your nails so polish will go on evenly and if you’re using a dark shade it will help prevent the polish from staining your nails.
- Apply polish
Apply one coat of your nail varnish, wait for it to dry, and apply a second coat.
- Apply a top coat
When your nail polish has dried, apply a top coat of your choice to help prolong your manicure.
- Clean up
Once everything is dry, clean up any excess polish that has gotten around the edges onto your fingers by dipping a cotton swab into some nail polish remover.
And that’s it! For this week’s manicure I’ve opted for Essie‘s ‘Strike A Pose-Itano’*, which is part of their Resort 2017 Collection inspired by Italy’s Amalfi Coast.
The collection includes ‘Strike A Pose-Itano’ which is a gorgeous mint colour with more blue undertones than green, ‘Resort Romanaza’* which is a deep yet vibrant pink, ‘Ciao Effect’* which is a lavender with grey undertones, and ‘Sorrento Yourself’* a beautiful rosy terracotta shade. Essie is definitely my favourite brand for drugstore polishes and this collection is so pretty for spring/summer!
What are your tips for at home manicures?
*This post contains product that was sent to me for consideration. This in no way influences my opinion.