7 Steps for the Perfect Home Manicure

1. File your nails

File your nails to the desired shape. Only file dry nails. Filing wet nails can lead to splitting.

2. Soak your nails

Apply a rich hand cream, then soak your hands in warm soapy water for 5 minutes to soften your cuticles.

3. Push back your cuticles

Push back your cuticles with a wet nail stone. If you have a hang nail trim it, but otherwise don’t clip your cuticles because they are there to protect from infection.

4. Apply base coat

A base coat will help your polish to go on smoothly and last longer.

5. Apply polish

Rather than gooping on a thick coat of polish, apply 2 thin layers of polish to get a perfectly polished look.

6. Apply top coat 

Brush on your top coat. Don’t forget to apply it to the tips of the nails as well.

7. Clean up smudges

Clean up any smudges around the nail with a paint brush dipped in nail polish remover, or you can use an orange stick, wrapped in a little bit of cotton and dipped in nail polish remover.

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