Step 1: Gather Your Tools
Before you can begin your ultimate nail care routine, it’s important to make sure you have all the necessary tools. You’ll need a nail clipper to trim your nails, a nail file to shape them and smooth any rough edges, a cuticle trimmer or pusher to push back your cuticles and keep them healthy, a nail buffer to buff away any ridges or discoloration on the surface of your nails, some non-acetone based nail polish remover for when it’s time to change up your mani/pedi look, and finally some hand moisturizer so that you don’t dry out while doing all of this pampering.
Don’t forget the most important part — base coat, color polish of choice (or many choices! ), and top coat!
Now you’re ready for Step 2: Prepping Your Nails.
Step 2: Trim and File Your Nails
When using a nail clipper to trim your nails, make sure you start by clipping them in the corners first. This will help you achieve the length that you desire.
Start at one end of the nail and move in one direction towards the other side of the nail in long strokes.
File until all edges are even and smooth before moving onto your next finger or toe. Make sure not to file too vigorously as this can damage your nails!
Step 3: Care for Your Cuticles
To begin, you should soften your cuticles with either a few drops of cuticle oil or by soaking them in warm water for a few minutes.
Then, use either a cuticle trimmer or pusher to gently push back the skin around your nails. Lastly, trim any excess skin off the edges carefully and make sure not to remove too much as this can damage the delicate tissue surrounding your nails.
Step 4: Buff Your Nails
It helps to remove any imperfections such as ridges and roughness that can be caused by damage or aging.
Smoothing out the surface of your nails will create an even base for polish, giving you a more professional looking manicure. This step also improves the overall look and health of your nails, making them stronger and less prone to breakage.
When buffing your nails, hold the buffer at a 45 degree angle against each nail for 10-15 seconds before moving on to the next one. Be sure to use gentle motions with light pressure – you don’t want to over-buff which can weaken and damage your nails!
Step 5: Remove Old Polish
To do this, use a non-acetone nail polish remover and fully saturate a cotton pad with it.
This will ensure that all traces of old polish are effectively removed. Make sure not to leave any residue on your nails; if there is some leftover, simply dip the cotton pad into the remover once more and gently scrub away until all of the remaining polish has been removed.
Step 6: Apply Base Coat
When applying the base coat, be sure to use thin, even strokes and allow the layer to dry completely before moving on to the next step.
This will ensure that you achieve optimal results from your manicure. Additionally, using a base coat can help extend the life of any manicure by providing a protective barrier between your natural nails and nail polish, which reduces chipping and fading caused by environmental factors or everyday wear-and-tear.
Step 7: Apply Polish
Start by selecting your favorite nail polish color. Dip the brush into the bottle and work it up and down the bristles, so that you have an even amount of polish on it.
Start at one end of each nail, carefully applying a thin layer of color in a single stroke from base to tip. Allow this first coat to dry completely before moving onto the next step – you can speed this process up by using a quick-dry top coat or holding your nails over a bowl of warm water for several minutes.
Once all layers have been applied, finish off with another thin layer of topcoat to add extra shine and protect your manicure against chips and scratches.
Step 8: Moisturize Your Hands
When applying your hand moisturizer, ensure that you massage it into not only your hands but also around the cuticles. This will help to keep the area hydrated and soft while helping prevent hangnails.
If you have particularly dry skin, try using a richer cream or oil-based moisturizer rather than a lotion. Additionally, look for ingredients like vitamin E or shea butter which can provide further nourishment to your skin as well as providing protection from environmental stressors such as cold weather.
Lastly, be sure to apply moisturizer after each time you wash your hands for optimal results!
Step 9: Maintain Your Nail Care Routine
Maintaining a regular nail care routine is essential for keeping your nails looking healthy and polished. To ensure that your nails always look their best, you should trim and file them every few weeks to keep the edges smooth.
Additionally, it’s important to re-do your polish every 1-2 weeks in order to prevent chipping and dullness.