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DIY Manicure and Pedicure

During the holidays, one of the ways I save money (for shopping!) is to give up my weekly salon appointment and do my own nails.

Luckily, the site has tons of great manicure tips and feedback on the best nail polish. I also found this helpful article with pedicure tips and do it yourself nail advice.

I've also gotten enough salon mani/pedis that I've observed their techniques for great nails, and try to apply them when I'm doing my own at home.

Here are my fool proof steps for great at-home nails!

1) Clean. Remove all your old polish and scrub your hands and feet with an exfoliating scrub.

2) Cuticles. Use a cuticle remover (I like Sally Hansen's) to soften up your cuticles, then push them away with a shaping stick. Make sure you wash off all the remover when you're done and don't leave it on your skin too long!

3) Cut and file.

4) Buff.

5) Prep. Lightly swipe a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol over each nail.

6) Prime. Use a strengthening bottom coat.

7) Polish. Use two coats, allowing a few minutes drying time in between.

8) Top coat. I LOVE Sally Hansen's "Dries Instantly" top coat - it really dries the polish quickly and helps me avoid nicks or smudges.

9) Moisturize. Once the polish is dry, use a Vitamin-E rich oil to moisturize your nail beds and shine up your polish job.

Voila, you're done! Good luck!

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Thanks for the tips! I'm trying to do my own at home now too.  It really does help save money especially during the holidays!

by HealthyLivingNaturalBeauty 2 years, 4 months ago Report as inappropriate | Remove Comment

Bravo!  Excellent, idea and you gave the steps even a first time could understand.  I understand about giving up the trip to  the nail salon for a little extra shopping cash for Christmas.  Did my own nails last week.   

by brandi918 2 years, 4 months ago Report as inappropriate | Remove Comment

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