I started doing my own nails about a year ago. I had acrylic nails for many years and thought it was a good idea to take off the acrylic and let me real nails breathe. A drastic change in my income prompted the decision as well. I finally feel comfortable to share my in home, do-it-yourself manicure tips. It took a while for me to do a decent job. I spilled nail strengthener all over the place during my first attempt to do my manicure. It was a joke! But now I am efficient and proud of myself!
Keep in mind that the initial investment will seem expensive, but just remember to close the lids tightly, keep your other tools organized, clean, and sharp… and it could last for an extremely long time. I slowly accumulated my nail file, clipper, cuticle remover gel, and all the hardware over time. You don’t have to do all the steps if you don’t have all of the materials. If you are new at the DIY manicure, simply shape your nails and prep before polishing. Feel good about saving money are your ability to do this yourself!
Here is a quick cheat sheet:
2. Remove nail polish
3. Clip nails if needed. File nails to desired shape.
4. Push cuticles back
5. Apply cuticle softener/ removal gel. Let sit for 2 minutes and remove with a Q-tip.
7. Buff tops of nails and double check shape.
8. Wash hands
9. Apply base coat and let dry
10. Apply two coats of nail polish
11. Apply top coat
12. Moisturize hands after nails are dry
Voila! You are freshly manicured nails. If you want to take your savings a step further, put the money that you would normally put aside for the tip in to your piggy bank (yes, I said piggy bank)!