The Perfect At-Home Manicure: The skin at the base of the nail plays a crucial role when it comes to nail health: The cuticles cover the area underneath the nail bed known as the matrix, which is where growth begins.
A damaged cuticle can lead to an unhealthy matrix, which results in an unhealthy nail.
Your nails will never look nice if your cuticles are a mess. Well-groomed cuticles are the foundation for healthy, attractive nails.
To learn to maintain your cuticles and by extension, your nails see the following tips of manicure:
• Hydration is the best thing that can be done. While hand creams are great, cuticle oil actually penetrates through the skin and nails, and delivers moisture to the matrix to ensure healthy nail growth.
If you don’t want to buy a separate cuticle oil, there’s no need, since natural oils are just as effective as jojoba oil. specifically: Because its molecular structure is similar to that of the skin’s natural oil, it penetrates extremely well.
• Not. Cut. Cuticles. The cuticle is a protective layer that prevents water and bacteria from entering the nail.
Cutting down your cuticles can make your manicure look pretty for the moment, but it destroys the nail in the long run.
• So if cutting them is (most definitely) not an option, how do you ensure your cuticles don’t grow out and start to cover your entire nail? Push them back, and do so daily.
The best time is post-shower, when skin is soft and damp and cuticles are still pliable. You can do so with the tip of your towel, lightly rubbing the base of the nail in circular motions.
Alternately, you can use an orange stick (metal cuticle pushers are too harsh).
Work slowly and carefully, adding cuticle oil as you go to help keep the skin soft.
• If daily push backs aren’t quite doing the trick, a liquid cuticle remover is another a great alternative to cutting. Add a drop to each nail and let it sit for a few seconds.
Then, use a clean spoolie or toothbrush to buff the cuticle area, moving in circular motions.
Wipe off any residue, then buff again. This is an ingenious trick that quickly makes the entire nail look clean and neat.
Just remember that you should always wash your hands after using a cuticle remover, since it can potentially irritate your skin if left on for too long.
• Any time you know your hands are going to be underwater for a long time, during a day at the beach, a dip in the pool, a long bath cover your cuticles to keep water from drying them out.
Rub coconut or olive oil on the nails, then cover that with Vaseline. The oil hydrates, while the Vaseline seals it in and protects the nails and cuticles (elements that use the manicure).
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The Perfect At-Home Manicure
You can do your nails yourself with a little practice and a few basic tools. Before you begin, find a spot to work where you have good light and a flat, even surface upon which to work.
Remove Nail Polish
Lift old polish from nails with nail polish-removing towelettes. One towelette should work for all 10 nails.
Always use a non-acetone nail polish remover to keep nails from chipping and becoming frail.
Clip Your Nails
Make sure your hands are dry and cut your nails to your desired length with a sharp nail clipper.
Don’t cut past the white line at the tip of your finger because doing so could expose the bed to infection. Cut within the lines.
File Your Nails
After clipping, use a nail file to shape the edges of the nail. Only file in one direction.
You can find files in many materials: glass, cushioned, ceramic, and any of them will do the job, but avoid metal files which can split nails.
Buff Your Nails
Smooth out any small ridges in your nail and prep them for painting by buffing lightly with a foam block buffer or stick-style buffer. Move lightly across the tops of the nails, but don’t grind. You don’t want to take off too much of the top layer of your nail, just smooth them a bit.
Clean Your Nails
Wash your hands to remove the chemicals from the nail polish remover. While you’re scrubbing, break out a soft-bristle nail brush and pump a pea-sized amount of antibacterial soap onto the bristles. Thoroughly scrub under each nail to dislodge any filing residue or dirt, then rinse.
Soak Your Nails
Submerge nails in a small bowl filled with warm soapy water for 5 to 10 minutes. Soaking your hands softens the cuticles and preps your nails for shaping. However, many nail technicians recommend skipping this step if you have very dry skin or thin, brittle nails.
Apply Cuticle Oil
Further soften the cuticles with a dab of cuticle oil. Place a drop of oil on your cuticles and give each nail a mini massage. Softening your cuticles with oil will make it easier for your to shape them.
Push Back Your Cuticles or Apply a Cuticle Remover
Use a cuticle pusher to shape your cuticles. This makes your nail appear longer and will give your finished fingers a clean, polished appearance. You should always push, not cut, your cuticles; the cuticle is the first line of defense against nail infection—it’s too important to hack at. If you choose to use a cuticle remover instead, add a bit of gel to the cuticle area to help remove the dead skin that surrounds the nail. After 60 seconds wash your hands to slough off the dead skin.
Moisturize (used by manicure)
Take care of your palms with a buttery hand lotion or cream. Then use a clean cloth and a bit of rubbing alcohol or polish remover to remove the oils from your nails so the polish will adhere to the nail.
Apply a Base Coat to Your Nails
Start the nail painting process with a base coat. This clear polish protects the nail from yellowing and keeps nail polish from chipping or slipping. Just as primer smoothes over your pores for flawless foundation, a base coat fills in the ridges in your nails, making the surface of your nails positively paintable.
Polish Your Nails
Apply two coats of your favorite nail polish. Brush the polish on your nail in three strokes, the first two on the outsides of your nail and the third in the middle.
Apply a Topcoat to Your Nails
This step ensures that gorgeous color will stay all week. Play with different finishes like matte topcoats or use a glossy topcoat for shiny nails. Pick your fave finish and apply a coat using the same technique you used to apply your colored polish.
Clean Up Any Messes
Uncap your favorite nail polish remover pen or use a small nail art or artist’s brush dipped in polish remover and run it around the outside of the nail to remove any polish mishaps.