May
31
2011

Nail Care Tips: Doing Your Own Manicure

Nothing is more beautiful on a woman than beautifully manicured nails, in my opinion. They do, however, require some care and maintenance. The current shape trend is nails that are straight across the top with a rounded edge, but any nail that is well manicured looks good, so don’t let trends keep you from wearing what you think looks best on you. I have short, square-tipped fingers so I let mine grow out past the tip and then round them gently. I do my own nail care, and here are some tips for you:

Filing Your Nails:
File your nails when the white part of the nail tip has grown out at least a quarter inch from the pink part of the nail. If you file too soon, it can weaken the nail. Filing from side to side weakens your nails, so make sure you don’t do that. When you’re filing, go from the corner to the center in one direction. Then start on the other corner and go to the center from there.

Buffing Your Nails:
Buff your nails for a shinier finish. Start at the cuticle and work your way down to the tip, but don’t press too hard. Just use a light to medium pressure. Buff in one direction; don’t use a back and forth movement as heat will build up and damage your nails. Buff lightly until all the ridges on the nail surface have disappeared.

Base Coat:
Always use a Base Coat when polishing your nails, and let it dry for at least one minute. The Base Coat helps keep your nail polish from chipping and makes your polish last longer.

Applying Nail Polish:
Always apply two coats of nail polish when you’re doing your own manicure. Cover your nail with polish in three strokes, one on each side and then one in the middle. I usually apply one coat to each hand and then apply the second coat on the hand I started with. One caveat, however: The darker the polish, the longer the drying time it requires. You might have to wait a few minutes in between if you’re putting a dark red nail polish on as opposed to a light pink.

Top Coat:
Once your nail polish has dried completely, apply a clear Top Coat to seal it. If you put a new layer of Top Coat on every day, your manicure will stay fresh and beautiful for much longer.

Do you do your own manicure or nail care? Have any tips for me? Tell me on twitter, facebook,or just leave a comment here on the blog.

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