Step 1: Gather All The Essential Tools
Before you start, gather all the manicure tools you will need to give yourself the perfect manicure. Here are the things that you will need:
- Nail polish remover
- Nail clipper
- Cotton pads
- Nail buffer
- Cuticle pusher and nipper
- Cuticle remover or cuticle cream
- Hand moisturizer
- A base coat for the nails
- Your favorite nail polish
- A clear top coat
Step 2: Remove Any Traces Of Nail Polish
To start off, remove the nail polish that you are wearing. Use a non-acetone nail polish remover and cotton pads to remove your old nail polish gently.
Non-acetone nail polish removers do not dry out the skin around your nails. Acetone-based nail polish removers work much faster, but they can damage your nails. If you use a nail polish remover more than once a month, it is better to use a non-acetone nail polish remover.
Step 3: Clip And File Your Nails
Use the nail clippers to trim your nails. Avoid cutting them too short. Then, use the nail file to shape them. If you want to keep it simple, square-shaped nails with rounded edges or simple rounded nails are best.
While filing your nails, be gentle and avoid dragging the file to and fro with excessive force. Avoid filing them too short. Just smoothen the lines and rough edges left behind by the nail clipper. Use a slightly abrasive nail buffer to smoothen the top of your nails. However, do not buff the nails too smooth because, otherwise, the nail polish won’t stick to your nails.
Step 4: Soak Your Nails
Step 5: Apply Cuticle Cream And Prepare The Cuticles
Wipe your nails and hands, and massage some cuticle cream onto your nails. Then, use a cuticle pusher to push the cuticles back gently. Do not exert too much pressure because that may push the cuticles too far in and damage your nails. This will also increase your chances of getting an infection.
Once the cuticles are clear, wipe off the excess cream from your nails. If you are not using a cuticle cream, you can also apply a bit of cuticle remover to clear up the cuticles.