The manicure is one of the main beauty treatments many women simply can’t live without. Perfectly polished hands mean you feel good about yourself, and if you look good on the outside, you will feel good on the inside. You don’t always have to pay a fortune to get a good manicure because you can actually enjoy one from the comfort of your own home. Want to know how to give yourself the perfect manicure without the regular, large price tag? Here goes…


Cut and file them properly

Trim your nails down to the desired length with some nail scissors. Invest in a good quality nail file to begin with. File your nails to the desired shape going in one direction only. Don’t file your nails left and right because this can cause cracks and chips. Once filed, rinse them in warm water to wash away any residue, as you don’t want this making bumps underneath your perfectly applied polish.


Remove that dirt, get cute cuticles and BUFF!

Remove any dirt from underneath your nails so you have a hygienic area to work with. Gently push back your cuticles enough so that they don’t get in the way of the polish when you apply it. Using a buffer, gently buff the surface of your nails as this creates a surface, which the nail polish can bond to more effectively which means longer lasting and better color. Brush away and excess and you are ready to apply the polish.


Apply the polish

You will need a specific base coat, color and a topcoat to achieve a salon- worthy manicure. Apply your base coat of polish first and allow it to dry. Next add the color of your choice be it pastel, glittery, holographic or a traditional red. Let it dry and then finish with your topcoat.


Look after your hands

When you have completed your manicure don’t forget about the skin on you hands as this will benefit from being pampered too. Using a hand lotion or a natural skin oil gentle massage your hands with the desired moisturizer until it’s all absorbed. Your hands should now feel beautifully soft like you have had a spa treatment.


The finishing touch

When you are finished and you have perfectly polished hands and beautifully soft skin use natural oils such as coconut, Argan or jojoba and apply a little to your cuticles and rub it in. This will keep the delicate area of your fingers hydrated and firm. Coconut oil is the best choice because it contains natural anti-bacterial properties.


What color will you choose? Doing your own manicure from home can be the little bit of TLC and YOU time you deserve. You can choose any color you like and correlate it to your outfit or special occasion. Don’t be scared to be different either. Treat yourself to that bright new color of bit of sparkle because you deserve it.