Things you require for Manicure:
and buffing paste
wool and buds
with diluted disinfectant (dettol)
for soaking your hands
1. First make sure that your hands and
nails are clean. Remove any old enamel that you may have on
your nails with the cotton wool and enamel remover.
2. Decide on what shape you would like on your nails, cut
them if needed, and then use your emery board to file them.
File your nails into the most crack-resistant shape: a square
with rounded corners.
3. Take a cotton bud and remove a very small amount of buffing
paste from the pot and smear on the top of your nail. With
the buffer, buff your nails. To get a natural shine, use a
buffer that offers three or four polishing textures. Start
with the coarsest surface and end with the finest one.
4. With another cotton bud, remove a small amount of cuticle
cream and apply to the cuticle of each nail. Massage this
in circular movements.
5. Soak your hands in warm soapy water containing an anti-bacterial
6. Dry your hands carefully pushing back the cuticles with
7. Put a tipped orange stick into your cuticle remover and
wipe over each cuticle and push back each cuticle in circular
8. Wet your cuticle knife to carefully lift the cuticle from
the nail plate.
9. Use Cuticle nippers to remove excess cuticle.
10. Re-soak your hands then pat dry. It is important to remove
cuticle remover from your hands after application. Dry and
apply a good moisturiser all over the hand and arm up to the
elbow, as this is a place everyone tends to forget.
11. Squeak clean the nails with cotton wool and enamel remover
again to remove any oil from the moisturiser that is left
on the nail plate.
12. Now apply nail enamel. Don't shake your polish! Roll the
bottle between your palms (like Manicurists do) to get rid
of the air bubbles and stir the enamel.
13. Apply your base coat and wait for it to dry. Pick your
coloured enamel and paint on, wait for the enamel to dry and
apply the topcoat to coloured enamels. If you do not wish
to paint your nails then just quickly go over them again with
the buffer for a lovely shine.
14. One last thing, use your orange stick and enamel remover
to remove all traces of enamel left on the skin to make a
really neat job.
A few important tips
Eat a well
balanced diet to get that shine on your nails.
cream after putting your hands in water, also as extra treat
for them at night apply a good moisturising cream.
oily enamel remover, as this will prevent moisture loss from
the nail plate and stop your nails drying out.
manicures to maintain your nails. Or as I said before do one
to protect your nails from detergents and chemicals, e.g.
washing up, also do not forget the cold outside and then there
is the gardening and the housework!
for polish to set. To speed-dry, run your nails under cold
water-not a blow-dryer-for three minutes after applying the
final coat. Cold hardens enamel faster than heat can.
you nails right after taking a shower or bath. Water softens
nails and makes them shred during clipping.