While in some places of Australia nail technicians are slowly reopening, for us here in Tasmania we are looking at another 3 weeks at least. Whether going to a salon is not an option or you need to take a few minutes of self-care, now is the time to master an easy at-home manicure and enjoy the relaxing benefits of painting your own nails.
Here’s what you’ll need before you start:
- A nail file for filing the free edge
- A buffer
- Orange sticks, or a cuticle pusher
- Cuticle remover *optional
- Base coat (to protect your nails from staining)
- Your desired nail polish shade (generally 2 coats of colour work best)
- Top coat (for sealing in all your hard work)
- Nail polish remover, cuticle and hand cream *optional
I’ve been enjoying using Mavala nail polish whilst in isolation, but absolutely any brand will work – the hard part is choosing a colour, right? I find it best to set everything up before I start and if you’re worried about making a mess, just pop down some paper towel under your hands.
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Step 1: File your nails in your desired shape, gently and without creating a friction that may cause nails to burn. The video linked below is a great visual to work with!
Step 2: Buff the surface of the nail gently, removing ridges where possible and creating a smooth canvas to paint.
Step 3: Apply cuticle remover and gently push back cuticles with the orange stick, or cuticle pusher if you have one. Generally, I advise not to nip or cut cuticles after this step unless you’re specifically trained in using nippers, but you do you babe!
Step 4: Using three strokes (start in the middle, sweep from side to side) apply your base coat to the entire nails, avoiding the cuticle and/or touching the skin. Let dry for a few minutes.
Step 5: Apply two coats of your desired nail polish, painting one finger at a time and painting all ten before you start applying your second coat. Again, use the three strokes (start in the middle at the cuticle, sweep up and sweep side to side).
Step 6: Apply top coat in the same fashion as above, painting the entire nail without flooding the cuticle – this can cause lifting and will mean your manicure will not last as long as it should!
Step 7: This step is optional but I do highly recommend – especially if you’re going to post a snap on Instagram – and that’s to wrap a tissue around your orange stick, soak it in your nail polish remover and then gently go around the edges to clean up any mistakes to give you a salon-ready finish instantly. For an extra special step, apply a cuticle oil and hand cream once your polish is dry to feel like you can take on the world.