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Manicure - Do it at Home and Save some Money $$$$$

Updated on September 15, 2009

We can all stand to save a little money these days

It is so easy to give yourself a manicure at home...Do not rush this... Enjoy doing it just like you would, if you went to a spa...

First, set out the things you will need.

1 bowl of warm, sudsy water

Scented bath oil or a drop of essential oil

Emery board

Orange stick or Q-tips

Cotton balls

Nail buffer

Nail polish remover

Nail brush

A white towel (looks professional)

Cuticle cream

Nail polish

Clear base coat polish

Clear top coat polish

Nail glue

tissue, like Kleenex

Lay everything on the towel.

File your nails first with an emery board before you remove your old polish. Use the fine side of the emery board. Steel nail files are just too hard on your nails. File toward the center in one direction. If you file back and forth, you will have rough edges. I personally don't like square nails. I think an oval still looks more natural. Of course, this is personal preference.

Remove your old nail polish. Soak a cotton ball in polish remover and press it firmly on the nail. Give it a second to work, then slide the polish off the nail. Get it all off. Then wash your hands to get the remover off. Use a soft nail brush and warm, soapy water. Rinse in cool water and dry.

Massage the nails with cuticle cream. You can use Vaseline and it will have the same effect. It won't smell as nice, though. Rub the cream into the sides of the nails. Soak for a few minutes in warm, soapy water.

Gently push back the cuticle with the orange stick or Q-tip. You can wrap a little cotton around the orange stick. Be very gentle with the cuticle to prevent hang nails.

If you have a cracked or torn nail, use a little nail glue to repair it now.

Apply a very thin coat of clear base polish.

Apply a thin first coat of color. Don't stop at the tip of the nail but polish the underside as well. This will help protect the tips. Five minutes later, apply another coat of color and let it dry for another five minutes.

Next, apply a top coat of clear polish and you're done.

This manicure will last for 2 weeks, if you apply another top coat every other night.

In two weeks, take it all off and start over.


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      judydianne 8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      SEM Pro, I used to get fake nails but decided to try my own manicure. It took a long time for my nails to grow but it was well worth the money I saved to do it myself. Thanks for your comment.

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      SEM Pro 8 years ago from North America

      Very well written. As a woman who's been doing my own manicures my whole (long) life, I'm amazed how many teenagers these days feel it necessary to get money for $35.00 professional manicures. Or how many women spend that much at the nail salons for fake nails instead of increasing their calcium intake. Thanks for writing this :)