There's something so relaxing about getting your nails done — from moisturizing hand treatments to brightly polished nails — it's the ultimate "me-time" experience. But it can be difficult to fit frequent salon visits into your calendar (and budget). Read below to find out how you can give yourself a manicure at home, using drugstore products and items you already own.
1) CUTICLE WORK
Remove old polish. Soak hands in a shallow container filled with warm water and scented body wash. Apply Sally Hansen Cuticle Remover on each nail and gently push back dead skin using a cuticle stick.
2) EXFOLIATE & SHAPE
Massage an exfoliating scrub over your hands — you can use anything you have at hand — from a face or body scrub, to a homemade mix of olive oil and brown sugar. Rinse hands and dry them on a towel. Shape nails according to your preference — I like a square shape so I clip mine short and then run a file straight across the top.
Here are some of the most popular nail shapes (Image Source: here) :
3) MOISTURIZE & POLISH:
Apply a basecoat to prevent staining (this one works as a topcoat too!)
Choose your favourite polish — I like the Rimmel Pro Manicure range because its smooth formula and curved brush makes it easy to paint your nails neatly. Check out the guide below for application tips (Image source: here).
Practice makes perfect — and it's always easy to clean up mistakes with a cotton bud dipped in polish remover. Finish with a coat of topcoat to seal in colour and shine.