How to Do a Spa-Like Manicure at Home
Today we're going to treat you to a wallet-friendly nail spa at home. That's right, we're going to show you how you can get salon-beautiful nails at home. Best of all, you can do it as often as you want to change your style or your mood.
Let's get right to it!
Home Nail Spa Set-up
To do your nail spa at home, you need to first prepare the scene. Grab a glass of wine, turn on your favorite music and get all the tools you will need, ready:
- Nail scissors
- Nail files
- Nail buffs
- Orange sticks
- A bowl of warm water with lemon slices and lavender sprigs
- A towel
- Cuticle cream, lotion or oil
- Nail polish
- Top coat
- Nail polish remover
- Cotton Balls
- Nail art
Nail Spa at Home Step #1: Cleaning the Nails
- Remove your current nail color, as well as any pesky traces that stuck around on the edges.
- Cut, file and then buff your nails. According to experts, the most flattering style for your nails mirrors the curve of your cuticles. Don't make a back and forth sawing motion when you file your nails, as that may encourage breakage. Instead, file in one direction only. Don't file your nails immediately after taking a shower as the prolonged exposure to water may weaken them.
- Treat your cuticles with a cuticle oil, cuticle cream or a rich lotion before soaking them in warm water for 3 minutes. Afterwards, trim hangnails carefully and use a cuticle pusher (or orange sticks) to gently push the cuticles back. Remember that cuticles are there to help prevent infections of the nail beds, so don't cut them.
Nail Spa at Home Step #2: Prepare for Polishing
- Remove residual cuticle cream from your nail beds using nail polish remover, as these substances could prevent your nail polish from adhering to the nails. You can always treat them again when the nails are dry.
- Roll a small cotton ball around the end of your orange stick so that you don't have to handle it again until your polish is dry. The last thing you want is for cotton fibers to cling to your nails, wrecking an otherwise perfect finish.
Nail Spa at Home Step #3: Painting Pretty
1. Apply a thin layer of base coat to create a smooth canvas for your nail polish. It will also help prevent dark polishes from yellowing your nails. Let the base coat dry completely before you apply polish.
Pro Nail Polish Tip: Shaking nail product bottles will cause bubbles. Rather roll them.
Also be sure to coat the nail edge in order to prevent chipping.
2. Once the base coat is dry, apply two thin layers of polish, allowing enough time for each coat to dry completely before adding the next.
3. Apply a finish of top coat to give it a high gloss shine and to protect your manicure.
Check out our amazing range of nail colors from OPI and Milani.
More Pro Nail Spa Tips
- Use glitter, stickers or stencils to add interest to your nails. OPI has a cool range of manicure apps.
- Apply a one layer of top coat every few days to help maintain your manicure.
- Wear rubber gloves when you do dishes.