Get your nails looking runway ready in a few simple steps!

Beauty 101: how to get the perfect manicure!

by Samantha Hunt -

Looking to get a beautiful manicure on a budget? Well forget going to a salon: your recipe to hand and nail happiness is now fully achieveable from the comfort of your own home! We are here to give you the know-how to help you save money and time, without sacrificing on your glamour-factor in the process...

Ready?

To master your manicure from the comfort of your own home, you will need the following:

Nail buffer

Nail File

Orangewood stick

Walm soapy water

Hand lotion

Nail polish

Base coat

Top coat

Let's go!

Step 1

Make sure that your nails are already completely clean and that you have removed all previous nail polish. Then use the nail file to shape your nails, gently moving the file along the nail and only doing so in one direction: sawing backwards and forwards or filing aggressively weakens the nails and causes them to break.

Step 2

Next step, bring on the buffer! Rub the nail gently with the roughest section of the buffer to smoothen out any ridges before moving onto the smoother edge for a high-shine effect. Again, be gentle with your nails whilst buffing to make sure they don't become too thin. Then soak your hands in the warm soapy water to get rid of any excess dust from the previous two steps and to soften your nails.

Step 3

Dry your hands off. Now use the orangewood stick to lift up and push back the cuticles gently, but never cut or remove them as this easily cause infections! Apply a nourishing hand lotion and allow it to fully soak into your skin before you move to the next step.

Step 4

It's time for some color! Start by apply a protective base coat across each nail: this will both strengthen the nail and make it easier for you to remove the polish later down the line. Once this layer is completely dry, apply two to three coats of color - waiting between coats to ensure that each one is totally dry before applying the next layer - until you have a solid, vibrant color. There are so many gorgeous polishes to choose from, why not shake things up with pop shades or by adding an accent nail into the manicure: this is your time to experiment!

Step 5

Finally, finish your manicure with a top coat to fix that color in place and add some gorgeous high shine to every nail.

Now you know the tricks of the trade, you can be your own manicurist from home!

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