Having well-groomed nails is a fashion DO and your digits can make great accessories.
For an at-home manicure start with clean nails and soak your fingers in warm, sudsy water for a few minutes. Then push back cuticles using an orange stick and cuticle cream. My favorite is Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, under $6.00.
You can even use it on the go, or to moisturize rough spots on you hands. Find it at many grocery stores, drugstores, organic stores, and online. It will last you a long time too!
Next, cut and file your nails. The shape to go for is short with rounded edges. Make sure to file in one direction. Going back and forth will weaken nails and allow for splits.
Apply a base coat, follow with your polish of choice, and finish with a shiny top coat. **Make sure to allow nails to dry between coats. Base and top coats dry faster than colors, so your nail may feel dry after you put a top coat on, but the color underneath may still be wet, which is what causes smudges and dents hours after polishing. For best results, allow dry time between coats.**
For base and top coats, I use Wet ‘n’ Wild or New York Color. They’re extremely cheap and get the job done.
For your toes it’s a pretty similar procedure, but your feet probably need some extra lovin’. While soaking feet, try rubbing dry skin with a pumice. Rub back-and -forth to remove dead skin. If it starts to hurt STOP. Dead skin should not hurt. If it does, then you’re rubbing off healthy skin.
Wash off feet, dry with towel, and lather on a moisturizing lotion. Push back those cuticles, cut and file nails. Next get ready to polish.
If you’re looking for a sparkling color try OPI’s new Sparkle-icious. Or if you want an at-home Minx mani look here.