Here’s a step-by-step guide for a perfect at-home manicure:
WHAT YOU NEED: Cuticle Oil (optional), Top/Bottom Coat, Nail Polish, Nail Polish Remover, Cotton Balls, Cuticle Pusher, Nail File
1. PREP. Remove any pre-existing polish on your nails. Then, file your nails, buff them, push back the cuticles and clean your hands thoroughly.
2. POLISH. Start with your base coat, using three polish strokes per nail as shown above. Next, add a coat of the color of your choice, wait a few minutes for it to dry, then follow up with a second coat. (The second coat will make a dramatic difference in the way it looks – don’t skip it!) When both coats are dry, apply the top coat. The three stroke rule is amazing, so try it out!
3. DRY. Have a bowl filled with cold water nearby. Keep both hands submerged for three minutes to dry your nails completely.
4. CUTICLE OIL. Apply and you’re all done!
Now take that $25 you just saved with your DIY manicure and go shopping!