Life can get pretty busy with all this adulting going on. Someone please remind me why I was in such a hurry to grow up? If you need me I'll be in my blanket fort colouring! Seriously though, you need to take time to stop and smell the nail polish. Wait, what? Well you know what I mean. My point is, you need time to relax and do the things that make you happy.
You know what makes me happy? Chocolate cake! Oh, and nail art of course. To get your nails ready for your magic manis, you have to do the prep work. Keep reading for a DIY manicure tutorial.
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What you'll need:
Cuticle pusher or orangewood stick
Optional: Cuticle nipper
I start off with applying cuticle cream and rubbing it into the cuticle areas. I used to soak my fingers in a bowl like the salons do, but i read an article online from allure.com that said "soaking ruins manicures". Apparently, "the nails absorb the water and expand. If you were to paint your nails while they were still semi-swollen from the water, the nails would contract back once dry and it leads to chipping".
I stopped soaking my nails after that and started using cuticle lotion instead. You can use regular hand lotion if you don't have cuticle cream.
Gently push back your cuticles using the cuticle pusher or orangewood stick. To remove the dead skin that sticks to the nail plate, I use a cuticle buffer in circular motion all around the cuticle area. If you don't have one, you can use the flat end of the cuticle pusher or orangewood stick and gently scrape around the cuticle area.
Next I use the cuticle nippers to trim the dead skin around my cuticles. This step is optional. I say that because most people don't feel comfortable cutting their cuticles, and I don't blame them. You can easily cut yourself and risk infection if you're not sure how to use them safely.
Use a buffing block to gently buff the surface of the nail. This is done with light pressure as you don't want to thin out the natural nail. Use your thumb to pull back the skin on the sides of the nail while buffing. Don't forget the corners!
Use the nail file to shape the free edge and sides of the nail. File in one direction to minimize breakage and splitting.
Finally, apply some cuticle oil all around your cuticle and rub it in. I recommend doing this daily to keep your cuticles healthy. Now that you're polish ready, check out some other Mani Magic tutorials.
Vote below on your favourite nail shape!!! I have tried most of them but my favourite is square. What's yours? Comment below. I'll admit, I'm not brave enough for stiletto. Something about the thought of impaling my eye ball when I get an itch makes me nervous (but that's just me).
So far almond is in the lead with the most votes! Wow, nobody likes round anymore? Good to know. TBH I'm shocked the leader isn't coffin/ballerina. That's the shape I see most often followed by stiletto. Keep voting for your favourite!