How To Give Yourself A Manicure

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Step 1: Remove all the existing polish from your hands. Clip your nails in preparation for the desired nail shape. If your response is “Uh, I don’t know,” then go with the natural shape of your cuticle (the ridgy part where your skin meets your nail). Everyone’s cuticles, like snowflakes, are shaped differently. If your cuticles are round, go with a round nail shape. Slightly oval is generally flattering on most nails, making nails beds appear longer, and for that, you could cut your nail once from the right and edges of                 each nail.
Step 2: Cutting your nails this way makes it easier to file them into an oval shape, with the point being the tallest part of the oval. When you file, file from side to side, rather than in an up-and-down sawing motion. Also, file at a slight angle so you don’t grate on the skin underneath the nail.

Step 3: I’ve found this step to be slightly extraneous, but you can also use a nail buffer to further smooth down the tips so that your nails don’t tear your Wolford stockings. You can also use a nail buffer on the top of your nails, to make them look extra shiny.

      .Step 4: Apply cuticle oil to your cuticles and let them soften for a few minutes. Soak your nails           you feel extra inclined. Then take a cuticle pusher and push back your now-softened cuticles            until they appear as a thin line on your nail. Do not cut them. Cutting too much of your cuticles          makes them a bloody mess, and cuticles actually serve to prevent bacteria and fungi from                  entering your nails.                                                                                                                                      

         Step 5: Steps 1 through 4 have been for the aesthetic purposes of your manicure. These next          few steps are to make sure your manicure doesn’t immediately chip. Start first by wiping your            nail one final time. You want to remove all of the grease from the cuticle oil and your nails’                 natural oils. If your nail is too wet or too oily, the polish will not properly adhere and will chip.

    Step 6: Apply a base coat. You need this to prevent polish from having direct nail contact and           staining your nails. Some, like Eva Chen, even apply a bonder base coat.

      Step 7: Paint your nails. In this case. The easiest way to paint your nails is to make sure your           first stroke starts from the edge. Utilize the natural shape of the brush to make sure it is as wide         as possible.

Step 8: Let your second stripe overlap with the first to cover the rest of the nail. Wait about two minutes until your second coat.

       Step 9: Don’t forget to also paint the free edge, the top portion of the nail, and then finish with a        top coat. Your top coat acts as a sealer, sealing all the other polish layers below. And there, in             nine steps, you have a finished manicure.

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