Here is your ultimate guide to getting the perfect at-home manicure. Simply Nailogical is a YouTube channel that I recommend if you get your nails done in the classical way and you don’t have money to go to a salon and get gel nails or acrylics. Between chipping, warping, glops, bubbles, and smudging, there’s a lot that can go wrong with a homemade manicure. Nevertheless, you can change your manicure often and you can actually prevent your nails from chipping and so on and so forth. A fresh, beautifully done manicure helps you look clean and put together. Also, having color on my nails makes me happy. Personally, I love yellow nails.
1/10: Clean your nails with polish remover.
To get a great at-home manicure, do as the pros do by spending as much time on nail care as you do polishing them. Even if you don’t have polish on, you’ll still want to run a cotton ball of remover over each nail to get rid of any oils or dirt that could warp your polish. Don’t forget to wash your hands with soap and water after.
2/10: Clip, file and buff.
Preparing your nails is the most important thing in this process. Don’t buff your nails too much because you don’t want to have brittle nails, believe me. The perfect at-home manicure is the one that was carefully prepared.
3/10: Push back your cuticles.
What I like to do is to soak my nails in water with liquid soap, then I push the cuticles back and then I cut them. Be gentle and don’t cut your skin, just the cuticle. Your cuticles protect your nails from bacteria and keep them soft, so avoid cutting them.
4/10: Exfoliate your hands.
Exfoliate hands, wrists, and forearms with a scrub that eliminates dead skin cells and replenishes moisture. You can make your own homemade scrub for you at-home manicure. Here is a recipe to try if you want to.
5/10: Moisturize your hands and cuticles.
Moisturize now to avoid smudging almost-dry nail polish later. To finish, swipe each nail with nail polish remover to get rid of residue. By the way, it is important to let your nails dry. Wait for at least 30 minutes between a new coat of nail polish because your nail polish will look bubbly if don’t do so.
6/10: Apply a base coat.
Apply a base coat to hydrate and protect nails and prevent chipping. A base coat will protect your nails from staining your natural nail bed if, for example, you will paint your nails in a dark color.
7/10: Apply the first coat of color.
Keep your layers thin. Maximum coverage on the first coat makes the second coat a breeze. Don’t overload the brush and do too many strokes.
8/10: Apply the second coat of color.
Sheer or pastel shades may require even a third coat for full, seamless coverage. Just remember to keep it nice and thin because you don’t want your nails to look bulky. We apply two or three coats because the nail polish should be opaque and nails will look more like gel nails.
9/10: Finish wit a topcoat.
A topcoat protects your manicure from chipping and adds shine to nails. Don’t skip this step. Who knows, maybe you want to have matte nails, so you will use a special topcoat.
10/10: Clean up rough edges and let your at-home manicure dry.
Clean up rough edges using Q-tips and nail polish remover. If you have nail polish remover pads, try folding one into a triangle for more precise application. Don’t forget that you actually painted your nails, so be careful.