Monday, January 9, 2012

Pro Manicure Tips

Remove old polish.

Trim, file and shape nails.

Clean and exfoliate your hands and nails.
I use a teaspoon of sea salt mixed with a pump of my favorite hand soap.  Packaged exfoilator will work too.
Pay attention to dry or rough areas and work in around the cuticle and nail.
Rinse well.
Care for your cuticles.  Apply cuticle cream and push back the cuticle gently.    

Moisturize to the maximum, massage in a rich cream.

Clean nail bed off with polish remover.  Leaving the oils from the moisturizer on your nail make it hard for the polish to adhere. 

Apply base coat.  Bonder from Orly does just that, bonds.  I get my longest wearing mani using Bonder.

Apply two coats of color.

Finish with a top coat.  The shine a salon mani has seems like magic.  It's not, it is just a good shiny top coat like Glosser from Orly.

If you need a quick dry method use a drying top coat, manicurist's finishing sprayor this free DIY method.
Your DIY manicure can look and last like a salon job.

The quality of the products make a difference but the steps you follow when you do your own manicure really define the results. 

About the products, as far as polish goes if you have a good quality base and top coat the polish color is going to stick and last longer without chipping.  The polish color itself doesn’t have to be top of the line to look primo.

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