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Home Manicure – Ten tips on how to manicure nails at home, everything you need to know about nail care.




Ten
Steps to Give yourself an at Home Manicure

This 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 up safely after use.

Before
beginning, wash your nails thoroughly, even with the polish on your
fingernails. Try 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:

  • 1 pack of cotton balls
    (cotton wool balls)
  • 1 fingernail polish remover
  • 1 emery board
  • 1 nail trimmer
  • 1 cuticle remover
  • 1 bottle of fingernail polish
  • A couple of paper towels

Nail polish removing

Firstly, 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 (colour). It is available now at the stores in bottle or sponge form.

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 over
using the cotton ball at the top to stop the liquid from spilling out and
it is recommended that you 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 color (colour).

If you frequently use nail
polish, your natural nail can become tinged with yellow, 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 (colour) go to step 2.

Filing your nails with an emery
board.

Next, 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.

A 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 without
doing any damage, but care should still be taken.

You should trim your nails at least once
a month if they are healthy. Never trim unhealthy, discolored
(discoloured) or
brittle fingernails. Never trim your nails to the quick, which is the
place where your fingernail cartilage meets your skin.

Be mindful 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. This is mostly a basic and fun procedure for most people.

Then
start with step #4.

Cuticle removing.

Next, 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. 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.

Again, 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 (colour), 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.

Push 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 inexpensive.

It is important to note that if at any
time in your process 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
warning of a problem with your own nails that may need medical
attention.

Pick a color (colour)

Now you are ready to pick out a nail
polish color (colour) from your own home nail polish collection. Pick out a
color (colour) that matches your skin coloring (colouring), 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 (colour)

Each 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 top
and scrape off the excess fingernail polish on the fingernail polish
brush applicator on the side of the bottle itself. You can use a paper
towel for this process, but you may end up with paper towel residue
mixed into your color (colour) 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 (colour) 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.

If 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.

Wait at least ten minutes before applying
a second coat.
You should not paint over your nails until the
previous coat is completely dry. 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.

You can buy the quick drying kind of nail
polish at the stores, or a quick drying, clear sealer that is painted over the color
(colour) 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
and do not polish your nails around
close to infants.

Save and print this article to have
your own home fingernail painting party repeatedly.

This is a fun and easy way to polish your
own nails at home without paying the higher priced salon prices. Save
this article, and print it out for your own fingernail painting party.
Use this time as a de-stressing technique for you while beautifying
your fingernails, or use this time as a special and fun group nail
polishing time, inviting your closest family and friends to have a
home nail polish party with you.
 

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