A fresh, beautifully done manicure helps you look clean and put together. But professional manicures can be expensive and time-consuming. Why go to the salon when you can give yourself a perfect manicure at home.
File Your Nails
Make sure they are completely dry (filing wet nails can cause splitting). Rounded nails (mirroring the shape of your cuticle) that extend just over the edge of the fingertip always look elegant.
Soak Your Nails
Place your hands in a bowl of warm (not too hot) water and add a bit of your gentle face cleanser to the water for five minutes. Avoid putting detergent or soapy cleansers in the water because they can be drying and make your cuticles look worse.
Push Back Your Cuticles
Push back your cuticles with a wet nail stone. If you have a hangnail, trim it; otherwise, don't clip cuticles (they protect nails from infection).
Apply a Basecoat
Cover the nail with a clear base coat or nail hardener. This will even out and ridges and unevenness that may still be on the nail, serve as a primer for the polish, help the polish to last longer, and keep the color from staining your nails.
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