There is no denying that manicured nails help you look and feel put together. However, getting a manicure at a nail salon every week can certainly be costly, so if you want to learn how to perfect your manicure skills, we are providing a step-by-step guide for giving yourself a beautiful manicure.
- Gather your Supplies
In order to achieve salon-quality results, you need the right tools, including nail polish remover, cotton balls, a nail buffer, nail file, cuticle trimmer, hand cream, and of course your Ani Michele nail lacquer.
- Prep your Nails
Remove any old nail polish with nail polish remover and cotton balls. Using a non-acetone remover will help protect your nails and cuticles from drying out.
- Shape your Nails
Getting your nails to the desired length and shape can be done with nail clippers and a file. When filing, swipe the file across the nail instead of pushing it. Next, buff the surface of your nails lightly to get rid of any rough edges created by filing.
- Clean up Cuticles
Fill a bowl with warm, soapy water and let your hands soak for a few minutes to help soften the cuticles. Gently push your cuticles back with a cuticle pusher. You can also use cuticle cream to keep them soft.
Massage hand cream into your hands for several minutes. For very dry hands, let the cream soak into the skin for at least 30 minutes. Make sure to go over nails again with nail polish remover since nail polish will not adhere to moisturized nails.
- Polish your Nails
Start with a base coat to even out any ridges on the nail. Using a base coat also helps the lacquer last, and will prevent your nails from getting stained. Once dry, roll the bottle of nail lacquer between your hands for a few seconds.
Apply the first coat of nail color thinly by painting a vertical stripe down the center of the nail and then another stripe on either side of that. Let that coat dry completely before applying your second coat. Finish with a top coat to help seal in the color and make your new manicure last.
Your perfect at-home manicure is sure to look fantastic with Ani Michele nail lacquer.