Expert Tips for the Perfect Manicure

Nothing can turn a day around like a brand new mani, but dishing out $40 on fresh nail paint isn’t always the easiest on the pocket book. Throw in the mandatory pedicure and you’re talking well over $60 for what was supposed to be a “quick” trip to the salon. Forgo spending the big bucks and instead opt for a relaxing home mani done right. Follow these simple tips to perform a fabulous salon-style manicure in the calm and comfort of your very own abode.

Step 1: Be prepared. Having all your tools lined up for easy access is a necessity when dealing with wet paint.

Nail-polish remover (preferably acetone) and cotton swabs
Emery board
Nail buffer
Nail clippers
Callous remover
Base coat
Nail polish
Clear Top coat

Step 2: Remove any remaining nail polish with a nail-polish remover. Acetone-based formulas are harsh but effective. Avoid overexposure — a few simple swipes ought to do it.

Step 3: Clip nails then shape using an emery board. Square-rounded edges, round and oval nails are all trendy and fairly easy to accomplish. Buff nails but not too smoothly. Slick nails won’t hold polish as well.

Step 4: Soak nails by placing in a bowl of warm water. Add a bit of facial cleanser but avoid harsh soaps that can dry skin. Soak for three-minutes or less to soften the cuticle before trimming.

Step 5: Apply a callous/cuticle remover. While cutting away the skin around the nail, using a cuticle remover can make the process far easier. These can be powerful and only require a few seconds on the cuticle or less.

Step 6: Remove excess cuticle surrounding the nail. Gently push cuticle away from the nail using a pushing tool, but avoid pushing too far because it may damage nail growth or fray cuticles. Do not clip into cuticle.

Step 7: Moisturize using a cream or silky oil all over hands and into cuticles to hydrate and replenish skin.

Step 8: Prep for nail polish by removing any excess moisturizer using a nail polish remover and cotton swab.

Step 9: For weak or brittle ails, a base coat can fill in ridges to create an even surface. Paint color in thin layers, allowing time for each layer to dry. Apply two coats of polish followed by one layer of a top coat for extra shine.

Step 10: Allow to dry and BAM! You’ve got a hot new mani with which to tackle fall.

P.S. Be sure to moisturize and apply sun screen to hands often to keep hands and nails at their healthiest.



  1. Lianda

    March 4, 2019 at 1:03 am

    Going to a salon is not only about just getting your nails done, it is also about the experience. I love just sitting there with no care in the world, just getting my nails done. So i pay for the experience. But very informative article though.Thanks

    • Janna R

      March 6, 2019 at 5:10 pm

      I AGREE 10000000%

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  3. Andrea

    March 9, 2019 at 10:08 am

    I think the hardest thing for me is when doing my nails is the emery board. I always find a way to mess up!

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