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DIY Manicure: 10 Steps to Achieve the Perfect Manicure at Home


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Having polished nails is something many women love. Not only does it make your hands look beautiful, but it also helps boost confidence. It’s an elegant way of showing your sense of personality and style. Unfortunately, going to the salon and have your nails repolished frequently is quite expensive. Even how much we love newly-painted nails from time to time, some of us just can’t afford to keep going to salons.

The good news is, you can still make your nails attractive without the expensive costs of salons and nail technicians and artists. Doing it yourself will still make your nails as stylish and beautiful. Just follow the simple steps below and you’ll have rocking nails in no time!

Step 1: Ready the Important Tools

The first step is to ready all the essential tools needed for your DIY nail polish. This is to keep everything organized. If you don’t keep them in one place, you might keep getting distracted from time to time. You need to keep finding the tools you need and you won’t be able to perform the task properly. Make sure to have the following in your tote bag:

  • Nail polish remover
  • Cotton pads or swab
  • Cuticle nippers and pusher
  • Nail buffer and emery board
  • Nail clippers
  • Cuticle remover
  • Hand/ nail moisturizer
  • Glass nail polish bottle
  • Base coat
  • Clear topcoat

Step 2: Remove Your Previous Nail Polish Properly

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Removing your nail polish properly will depend on your preference. Which is a better type of nail polish remover, acetone or non-acetone? The answer will all depend on which you’re more comfortable with. Acetone nail polish remover works faster and will be on your skin for a short time. Meanwhile, a non-acetone one is gentler on the skin but will take it longer to remove the nail polish.

Step 3: Shape Your Nails

If your nails are longer than you want them to be, clip them properly with your nail clippers. Then, file them gently into shape. You can shape your nails however you want them to. However, the best ways to go are square-shaped and slightly rounded nails.

To reduce the chances of splintering, don’t use excessively coarse or metal files. Go for a crystal nail file or emery board, which are a lot less abrasive. Smooth the sides and tops of your nails with a buffer for a uniform surface. However, be careful not to buff your nails too much as the nail polish might not attach to your nails well.

Step 4: Soak Your Hands

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When you’re satisfied with the shape of your nails, soak your hands in warm water with a bit of shampoo or facial cleanser. Don’t oversoak your hands and keep it three minutes or less.

Step 5: Use Cuticle Remover

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Applying some cuticle remover will make it a lot easier to remove the thick skin around your nails. It also makes the job more precise, making it less likely for you to get cuts while removing the excess skin.

Step 6: Clear Away Excess Cuticle Around Your Nails

Push the cuticle around your nails gently with the use of your pusher. Be careful not to overdo it to prevent damaging the proper growth of your nails. Also, make sure you don’t force pulling, ripping, or forcing your cuticle. The cuticle helps protect your nail beds and damaging it will affect nail growth.

Step 7: Moisturize Moisturize Moisturize

Appy and massage your hands and nails with a silky oil or rich cream to hydrate your hands and replenish your skin.

Step 8: Ready for Polish

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The moisturizer you just applied will prevent the nail polish from attaching to your nails properly. Apply nail polish remover using a cotton pad or swab on the surface of your nails. This is to get rid of any residue. This is important to make sure that there are no ingredients from your moisturizer that will keep your nail polish from adhering to your nails properly.

Step 9: Paint Your Nails Properly

Painting your nails properly will mean painting them in layers. Many people neglect to apply a base coat thinking they are not that important. This common belief is wrong as a base coat will protect your nails from staining and chipping.

After your base coat, apply your nail polish in layers. Make sure to allow them to dry between coats. It should be enough to have two coats of your nail polish and a top coat to add some gloss.

PRO TIP: If it’s your first time of applying nail polish to yourself, use a lighter color. This will make any mistakes less noticeable and easier to remove.

Step 10: Moisturize Again

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When your nails are completely dry, re-apply your moisturizer. You cannot achieve perfect-looking nails if they don’t look healthy. Moisturizing your hands regularly will always do the trick! There’s no special brand to which moisturizer you should use as it will depend on your skin. Find the one that works well with you and you’re good to go!


Using the right tools and having the right technique will surely give you a beautiful and elegant manicure. If you’re a beginner, don’t worry! With some practice, you’ll achieve those attractive and smooth nails. Of course, it’s never wrong to have your nails done by nail experts from time to time. If you’ll attend a special event or just want to get some relaxation, you can definitely go to salons!

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