Wednesday, June 11, 2014

At Home Manicures

Hey everyone! This post is kind of a continuation of my previous post, Nail Prep 101. One of my friends was asking me for tips on doing a manicure at home, and I thought the best way to help her was to come over and show her! We went out to the store and picked up supplies and a whole bunch of polishes. We brought our haul back and I used all the steps to give her an at home manicure! Keep reading to see how it turned out.

All of the pretties we picked out!

The base and top coat I chose for her.

After filing her nails (her mom joined us and did the filing!) she soaked her hands in warm water to soften up her cuticles. You could also push back your cuticles after showering.

After soaking her hands I showed her how to push back her cuticles and then I buffed her nails. Before applying the base coat I had her swipe her nails with remover to get rid of any excess oil. 

Next I applied the base coat, Orly Nail Defense, and showed her how to get a nice thin coat and how to wrap the tips of her nails. Remember to wrap your tips with the base, the color, and the top coat! Once that dried I applied two thin, even coats of Essie Play Date with Milani Twinkle on her ring finger nails. Lastly I applied my favorite top coat, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri. I love how they came out!

I hope Nail Prep 101 and this follow up tutorial were helpful. Next time you want to get a manicure, try doing it yourself at home! You'll be amazed at how beautiful it turns out if you follow all of the steps.


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