How to Give Yourself a Manicure

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How to Give Yourself a Manicure. Nothing beats getting pampered at a salon,
but all those professional manicures can add up. Try it at home with these tips from the pros. You will need A dishwasher or some disinfectant
Some nail polish remover Cotton balls Nail clippers An emery board Some warm, soapy water
A shallow bowl A towel A cuticle oil or cream Some orange sticks Half a lemon Some hand
cream A hot, damp towel A clear base coat A colored nail polish and a clear top coat. Step 1. Take off any rings and set them aside until
you are through and your nails are dry. Step 2. Make sure all reusable tools are clean. Run them through the dishwasher or clean them
with disinfectant before starting. Lay out all your materials that you’ll need
for easy access—once your nails are wet, you don’t want to have to dig through a makeup
bag to find something. Step 3. If there’s any old polish on your nails, remove
it with a cotton ball soaked in remover. Step 4. Trim your nails with a clipper if they’re
on the longer side, and then shape them with the emery board into ovals or rounded squares. Start on one side of the nail and use short
strokes in one direction only—toward the center of the nail—and then repeat on the
other side of the nail. Step 5. Soak your fingers in a bowl filled with warm,
soapy water for two minutes and then dry your hands. Step 6. Massage cuticle oil or cream into your cuticles
to soften them further. Step 7. Pull off a small piece of a cotton ball and
wrap it around the tip of an orange stick. Soak it in nail polish remover and use this
to remove any dirt or lingering polish under your nails. Step 8. Push back your cuticles with the orange stick—use
a new, disposable one or wash the one you’ve just used. Never cut your cuticles—it can lead to infection. Step 9. Trim any dead hangnails with your clippers. To nourish your nails and make the tips whiter,
dip them into a half of a lemon. Step 10. Rub on hand cream to moisturize your hands
and cuticles. Step 11. Wrap your hands in a hot towel for a minute
to help the cream soak in. Step 12. Wipe your nails with a cotton ball soaked
in nail polish remover—they must be oil-free for the base coat to adhere properly. Step 13. Apply a base coat of a colorless nail polish
and allow it to dry. Leave your base coat just a little tacky and
apply a little on the underside of the tip—it will help the colored polish resist chipping. Step 14. Rotate your bottle of colored polish so the
mixing ball in it stirs the polish, but don’t shake—it will create bubbles, which will
end up marring the finish on your nails. Step 15. Remove the wand from your colored polish,
wiping one edge of the brush against the opening of the bottle to remove excess polish. Step 16. Place the brush in the middle of your nail,
almost at the base of your cuticle. Back the brush up until the color just reaches
the cuticle, then pull it forward to the end of your nail. Step 17. Repeat this to the right and left of the center
stripe, dunking and wiping the brush on the bottle each time, so the entire nail is covered
with three strokes. Have an orange stick handy—use it to wipe
off any polish mistakes while they’re still wet. Wet it with a little polish remover for big
or stubborn mistakes. Step 18. Continue polishing all your nails and let
them dry completely. Step 19. Add a second coat of colored polish in the
same way and let them dry completely again. Dip your nails in ice-cold water to speed
the drying process. Step 20. Apply a thin clear top coat to seal the color,
and enjoy what might be the best part of the manicure process—at least an hour of enforced,
hands-free relaxation. Did you know Chinese aristocrats first used
nail polish—made of egg whites, rose petals, beeswax, and gelatin—around 3000 B.C.

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