About a year ago I brought you my essentials for doing a salon quality mani in the comfort of your own home. Well, I’m pleased to return with a 2.0 version! And while most of my tips have stayed the same, some have changed along my journey as I have found new products that I prefer. I also prefer a water manicure vs waterless, because the sugar scrub allows me to wash away that nasty dead skin. Tips to both included,
Step #1 – Remove your current manicure
Personal Favorite: Zoya Remover +
Alternative – You can also add an acetone additive to pure acetone to help combat the drying effects and give your remover a more pleasant scent!
Tip – I still use Professional Remover 100% Pure Acetone by Onyx Professional from Walmart to remove suborn glitters and clean my stamping plates.
Step #2 – Apply cuticle remover to your cuticles (use as directed on package)
Personal Favorite: Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover from Walmart
Step #3 – Gently push back your cuticle
Personal Favorite: orange wood stick
Tip 1 – Wipe your tool on an alcohol moistened cotton square after each finger and;
Tip 2 – I prefer to push cuticle back as opposed to clipping them as clipping may cause irritation and/or infection of not done correctly.
Depending on your preference, see Step #4 for a Water or Waterless mani. I have added both options.
Step #4 – Now, that you have pushed back the cuticle from all 10 fingers, apply alcohol to a cotton pillow and completely wipe the entire nail
Alternative – If you don’t have or can’t get cotton squares, paper towels will work too.
Step #4 – Submerge hands into water, place a mani bomb or solution into the water and allow it dissolve. Drain sink and using an exfoliating sugar scrub, rub into hands (front and back) and onto nails. Rinse under warm/hot water and dry hands with a paper towel.
Tip) Fill bathroom sink with warm/hot water
Step #5 – Spoil your hands, nails AND cuticles with cuticle oil or balm and hand moisturizer
Personal Favorites – Cuticle Oils
- Cuticle Oil and Barrier Butter by Cuter Cuticles,
- Glisten & Glow Cuticle Oil Pen (White Peach Sangria scent)
- Nail Sauce (Cap ‘n Crunk Loop scent) from Vapid
- Luxe Cuticle Oil (Lemon Sweet Tea scent) from It Girl Nail Art
Personal Favorites – Hand Cream
- Gold Bond Ultimate Intensive Healing Hand Cream from Walmart
- Nail + Hand Nutrition from Glisten & Glow
Tip – This step can not be missed! It’s a must for smooth, soft hands, not to mention, hands that smell great.
Step #6 – After your oil and cream have absorded into your nails and skin, apply a base coat
- Nail Tek XTRA from Sally’s Beauty Supply
- Nail Envy by OPI from Sally’s Beauty Supply
- a combination of Sticky Base Coat and Base Coat from Glisten & Glow
Tip – a base coat will help strengthen your nails, prevent polish from staining your nails and give polish a smooth surface to adhere to.
Step #7 – THE fun part…color selection and application!!
This step is meant to express your creativity and master the art of nail painting. Go ahead, I’ll wait! #insertwhistlinghere
Step #8 – Now that you’ve painted and possibly designed your nails, you’ll want to seal it all in with a top coat.*
Personal Favorite: Top Coat from Glisten & Glow
Step #9 – Finally, repeat Step #6
You’re all done!!!
Other Helpful Tips:
- Do a complete manicure once a month
- Apply cuticle oil/balm at least 3 times day (more if you wash your hand frequently)
- Apply hand moisturizer daily
- Wear protective gloves when doing house work or handling harsh chemicals
- Cap your free edge to prevent chipping
- Paint underneath your free edge with your base polish for added strength