Manicures - Do It Yourself Tips
Ten Steps to Give yourself an at Home Manicure
is a fun, easy, and safe way to achieve polished fingernails without
paying the higher beauty store prices when going through these ten
steps. This is for adults only, or to do with adult supervision for
younger girls, always keeping safety in mind, and always putting the
products out of reach of children and pets after use.
beginning, wash your nails thoroughly, even with the polish on your
fingernails. Try mostly to get your nails clean underneath your nail
cartilage where it is not attached to the skin before beginning. If you
notice growths, tiny knobs under there, or any redness or dirt
substance that does not come out from under your fingernail bed, stop
this process, and go to see a medical doctor.
You will need:
Removing Nail Polish
- 1 pack of cotton balls
- 1 fingernail polish remover
- 1 emery board
- 1 nail trimmer
- 1 cuticle remover
- 1 bottle of fingernail polish
- A couple of paper towels
take out as many cotton balls as needed one at a time, and safely douse
each fingernail with nail polish remover, until your whole fingernail
is your natural true color. It is available now at the stores in bottle
or sponge form in a bottle.
For the sponge type, you have
to dip your finger into the container, usually a plastic one, and swish
your finger around frequently checking it to make sure your fingernail
polish is coming off. For the fingernail polish in the bottle without a
sponge embedded in it, you have to carefully tip it about a fourth of
the way over using the cotton ball at the top to stop up the top from
spilling out all over, and If you need to, you can have some paper
towel handy to wipe off any excess fingernail polish remover that
spills over as a result. Whichever fingernail polish remover you
choose, swab your fingernails one by one until they are your natural
If you frequently use fingernail polish, your natural
nail can become tinted a little of a yellowing color, not to be
confused with bold yellow, and not red or green, or swollen. If your
fingernails or fingers start to become red, green, or swollen, seek
medical attention immediately. If you are doing OK, and your nails are
now their natural color, go to step 2.Filing your nails with an emery board
you should have what is called an emery board. An emery board is
usually a very inexpensive fingernail board used for filing down rough
nail surfaces that is rough on the surface at least on one side. An
emery board should not be used to scrape your natural nail surface at
all. It will make your smooth fingernails rough.
You can use
the emery board quite effectively on the end of your nail, in order to
give it a consistent shape and make the tip of your nail smooth, not
rough. Emery board comes in all shapes and sizes, and you can even look
for one to fit your personality or wardrobe color-wise. As soon as you
are done smoothing the tips of your nails in a uniform manner, proceed
to the next step 3.Trimming your fingernails
fingernail trimmer is used in your home nail process when you want to
reshape or shorten your nails more efficiently than with an emery
board. You can make your fingernails shorter using fingernail clippers,
which are clippers that are small in size designed to fit your nail
shape and be able to cut your fingernail tip surface, without having
enough force in them to really do massive cutting damage, but still use
You should trim your nails at least once a month if
they are healthy. Never trim unhealthy, discolored or brittle
fingernails. Never trim your nails to the quick, which is the place
where your fingernail cartilage meets your skin.
of safety, even at this stage of the process. If you have hypoglycemia,
or any other disease such as Parkinson’s or nerves, do not clip your
own fingernails if you might have an issue of safety. Some fingernails
are hard, and take some sharper fingernail cutters to cut through them.
If this is the case with yours, you may want to consider going to a
salon or a simple medical visit and have a professional trim them.
However, if not, trim away. Then start with step #4.Cuticle removing
you need to use your cuticle remover to remove your cuticle, or
actually push it down. Your cuticle is that soft skin that forms at the
bottom of your fingernail at the place where your fingernail cartilage
and your skin meet. It is just like a foreskin. Its job is to cover the
place where your nail cartilage meets your skin, and make a smooth
transition for that to happen. As your fingernails grow, your cuticle
skin stretches, and this process of removing your cuticle pushes back
that excess to promote your nail growth and health.
you would want to check your cuticle area for rashes, redness,
swelling, discoloration of any kind, and if any of those issues are
present in your cuticle, seek the advice of a medical professional
before pushing it back.
If you find that it looks pretty
much like your fingernail and finger color, but with a different
smoother and softer texture, go ahead and push the cuticle back with
the cuticle remover, which is a little stick like device with a softer
but firm tip made especially for the cuticle. It is not a cutting type
tool. It looks a little shorter than a chopstick, but has a necessary
soft tipped end to make sure that your cuticle does not get damaged.
back your cuticles one at a time using the cuticle removing tool. These
are available from nearly any beauty supply store, or store that
carries fingernail accessories of any kind. These are also relatively
It is important to note that if at any time in
your process for any reason, if your nails start to bleed mildly or a
lot, stop this procedure at once. This is not likely to happen in a
normal fingernail manicure, but it may be a nice way of warning you of
a problem with your own nails that you may need to get medical
attention for.Choose a color
you are ready to pick out a nail polish color from your own home nail
polish collection. Pick out a color that matches your skin coloring,
outfit styles that you wear, or shade of lipstick. If you polish your
nails frequently, make sure that you give them one or two days to air
out and breathe naturally to promote healthy nails in between polishes.Application of finger nail polish color
bottle of nail polish comes with it's own applicator inside the bottle,
attached to the handle of the fingernail polish bottle. Just unscrew
the fingernail polish bottle, and scrape off the excess fingernail
polish on the fingernail polish brush applicator on the side of the
You can use a paper towel for this process,
but you may end up with paper towel residue mixed into your color, so I
would not recommend it. Also, you need to make sure that you have a
steady hand for this in order to get your finger nail polish on your
fingernail area only, not on your skin. Skin always needs to breathe,
and cannot with polish on it.
When you are ready, take the
applicator holding non-dripping color to your nails, brushing from the
base of your fingernails upward towards the top tip of your nail. Make
sure you coat your whole nail evenly. Starting at the base of the nail
and applying polish in an upward motion helps you evenly coat your nail.Correcting polish mistakes
you make a mistake, take a paper towel and douse it with nail polish
remover as you did with the cotton ball in step one, and try to get the
excess polish off your skin using the flat edge of the paper towel.
Then, if you need to re-coat that fingernail, go ahead. If not, great.
Just move on to the next fingernail until you are done.Second coats of nail polish
at least ten minutes before applying a second coat. You should not
paint over your nails another time unless your nail polish is dry the
first time. Without air, or low to medium speed fans blowing on them,
it will take about five minutes for your fingernails to dry. Using
high-speed fans near your wet nail polish can move your fingernail
polish around your fingernail and mess its even coat up.Quick drying nails
can buy the quick drying kind of nail polish at the stores, or a quick
drying sealer that is clear over the color of your nail polish to
quicken drying if you are in a hurry. As a reminder, do not attempt to
polish your fingernails in an area that does not have proper
ventilation. Finger Nail Health: How to Strengthen Them
nail health will keep you from suffering from some painful tissue
conditions. Get those long nails you've always wanted, it isn't too
difficult if you take some simple precautions.
fingernails have been the envy of women for ages and research is still
being done today to find a way to create the perfect nail tonic that
will turn dry, cracked and brittle nails into long, strong beauties in
two weeks or less.
As of right now, there are no real
miracle applications to make this happen or wed all be running around
with three inch nails asking the guys to pick things up for us and open
our soda cans. There are, however, a few ways you can build up the
strength of your nails, get them to grow a bit and maybe keep them from
splitting or breaking so easily.
One of the natural enemies of fingernails is water
Water softens up the fingernails and makes them prime target for
disaster. Couple water with a vigorous activity such as cleaning,
scrubbing, scraping, washing dishes, doing laundry, etc. and you may as
well kiss your nails goodbye.
When you clean, wear rubber
gloves no matter what. Even if your task will only take a minute or
two, don those gloves. Rubber gloves keep your nails dry and they
protect them from activities that normally cause nail breakage, like
taking wet laundry from the washing machine.
At night, you
can condition your nails while you sleep. Get some white cotton gloves
and before you go to bed, slather on a generous amount of hand cream
and put the gloves on over it. This well help condition your nails to
make them more flexible and as an added bonus, your hands will be baby
What you put inside your body can be just as
important as what you do to the outside of it. If you want to have good
strong nails, you have to be sure you are getting good nutrition.
Calcium is a necessary nutrient for strong fingernails and you need
plenty of vitamin D to help your body absorb it. When women are
pregnant the often find their nails growing better than ever before,
this is because of the bodies increased ability to absorb nutrients
during this time.
Finally, never bite your nails and do not
use them as tools. Nails can be great for picking off stickers, etc.
but if you use them like letter openers, they are going to disappear
faster than you can grow them.