Manicure Advice

Do you want an amazing manicure, but don’t want to fork out the salon price? You can give yourself a manicure at home that looks just as good! This guide will help you to get your nails in great condition and polish them to perfection. Enjoy!

Remove Polish

Take off your polish to start your manicure, but make sure you use remover with conditioning agents. It can take a bit longer to get off than acetone, but it’s kinder to the nail. All you need to do is wet a cotton ball or pad with the solution, and then hold it against the nail for a few seconds before sweeping off. Depending on the colour of the polish, you might need to do it a few more times.

File to Shape

File your nails into the shape you want. Make sure the file isn’t too harsh, as you may end up breaking and splitting your nails. You should file in the same direction every time. If you have one broken nail and the rest are long, it’s up to you as to whether you want to file the rest down to match. It will look better and more uniform if you do, but it’s up to you. Shapes like oval and square are common on natural nails. Other shapes can weaken nails, like the point.

Push Back and Remove Cuticles

If you have overgrown cuticles, you need to push them back and remove them. Start off by applying cuticle remover cream, and then using an orangewood stick to push them back once they have softened. Don’t be too harsh, as you can end up bruising the nail plate. Remove the cuticles with a pair of nippers if needed. You may be able to get it all off with the stick, it just depends on how tough your cuticles are.


Buff your nails with a buffing block to bring your nails to a high shine and improve your circulation. You usually buff with a gritted block first, before moving on to smoother blocks to get a high shine. It’s a great way to get rid of ridges and lines on the nail plate.


At this point you may want to apply any relevant nail treatments, such as nail fungus treatment. Reviews can help you to find the best treatment for your condition, like these Kerasal Nail reviews. Do your research to find the best treatment for you.

Apply Polish

Applying polish can take some practice, especially dark colours. Your goal should be to get as close to the nail edge as possible without getting any on the skin. Always apply a base coat, especially if you are going to paint your nails a dark colour – you don’t want to stain them! You can then apply 2 thin coats of colour and a top coat. Make sure you are making them thin enough, as making them too gloopy will mean they won’t dry properly.

Apply Cuticle Oil

Applying cuticle oil is good for the nails and skin, and it can also help to set your polish quicker.

Apply Hand Cream

Hand cream will make your hands look smooth and shiny, but avoid rubbing the cream into the nails as it can dull the shine.

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