Pick your colour…
Hey guys and gals! Yes, this post is for everyone- guys can give themselves manicures too, even if they don’t want any colour polish. Onto how I do this- first things first I am not an expert, but I want people who suck as doing nails (like I usually am) to have some tips from someone who is also some who sucks at them!
Things you’re going to need if you want to follow all 15 steps include:
I’ll have the products listed at the bottle of the blog if you want to know what I used. The prep for a manicure is super important, it sets up the nails to be the proper base for your polish.
To properly prep you’re going to:
- clip the nails to your desired length and design- whether it be square, round, oval, almond, stiletto, or whatever!
- file the nail- while it’s habit to file the nail by going back and forth, it reduces breakage and splitting if you file the nail in the same direction
- soak your nails in warm water for about 5 minutes to soften the cuticles
- pat- don’t rub- your hands and cuticles dry with a clean paper towel
- apply a cuticle balm or oil and massage it in until it’s fully absorbed
- this step is optional- but if you want to you can soak your nails again for another 3 minutes, I do this to help soften up the balm that I use and the cuticles after the massage so it pushes back properly
- push the cuticles back- you can cut the excess cuticles if there is a lot, but make sure you do not cut any live cuticles or create any open wounds because it can lead to infection. Our hands interact with a ridiculous amount of items that have loads of bacteria on them so let’s keep those hands clean!
- finally, exfoliate your hands and fingers followed up with moisturizer. This is optional also, but I find it helps my really dry skin. You can buy exfoliant and sugar scrubs or you can just make one with whatever you have lying around, here’s how I made mine:
- Sea salt- since I just recently moved I don’t have any other type of salt or any sugar so sea salt was my only option for the exfoliant part
- Josie Maran 100% Light Argan Oil- to help nourish my skin
- The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector- to help moisturize my skin
- Curel Fragrance Free Lotion- used to help mix everything because the hand protector is really thick
9. before painting begins just rinse your hands with water, but don’t use any soap and pat dry
Now to the actual painting! I’m the type of person who proceeds to paint all over my fingers no matter how hard I try. I have seen multiple time people using Elmer’s glue or peel away polish on their fingers (around their nails) that catches on all the excess paint and then peels off after its done. I don’t have any Elmer’s glue, but next time I do a nail video I’ll try it so you guys can see it! But since I don’t have any, I use nail polish remover and a concealer brush to wipe off any excess that gets on my skin.
Now on to the painting part:
10. apply a base coat to all the nails- if your nails are longer then run the polish over the edge of the nail to prevent chipping
11. once the base coat is dry, paint a thin first layer of the nail colour- to do this place the brush in the middle of the nail a tiny distance from the cuticle and brush to the end of the nail, then run the brush on either side of the nail. Again, if your nails are longer run the polish over the edge of the nail
–if you make a mess on your skin here is where the remover and concealer brush come into play- dip the brush into the remover, run the brush on the edge of the container it’s in to remove the excess, then pull the skin away from the nail and brush over the polish on the skin. If you want a ‘salon’ style manicure then you can run the remover and brush along the cuticle line over a tiny amount of the nail- this creates that small gap between the cuticle and polish
12. complete another layer a second time once the first coat is dry
13. do a layer of the top coat once the second coat of colour is dry
14. if you’re strapped for time, or you’re impatient like me, you can use drying drops or spray to help speed up the process
15. and last step! If you want to keep your nails and hands looking beautiful use a daily cuticle balm/oil.
Products I used:
Nail clippers: unknown
Nail file: unknown
Cuticle balm: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure: Cuticle Eraser + Balm
Cuticle pusher: Etos
Hand exfoliator/moisturizer: DIY items I listed above
Base coat: Sally Hansen Advanced Hard as Nails Strengthener
Nail polish remover: Onyx Professional 100% Pure Acetone
Concealer bursh: Elf
Nail colour: Essie Bahama Mama
Top coat: CND Vinyl Weekly Top Coat
Drying drops: Formula X
Cuticle oil: Sally Hansen Cuticle Rehab
Show me a picture of your manicures in a message, comment, or on the social media sites!! Hope you all enjoyed it!