This easy 20-minute manicure will leave your nails looking better in no time.
Indulge in this DIY mani for when you don’t feel like splurging on a pampering session or just don’t have the luxury of time. It comes very close to the real thing.
Before you start, make sure your fingers are polish free using a non-acetone remover. Dampen and exfoliate hands, wrists and forearms with a hand scrub that eliminates dead skin and replenishes moisture. Rinse, then pat dry. Reduce spills and smudges by positioning your arms and tools on a flat, protected surface.
1. Trim nails with clippers so they extend just slightly beyond the tops of your fingers. Then file nails into squares with round edges and smooth the surface of your nails with a buffing block (this will also remove ugly yellow stains we all get from wearing too much dark polish!).
2. Soften cuticles with oil or lotion and then push back gently with a cuticle stick. Your cuticles protect your nails from bacteria and keep them soft, so avoid cutting them. Soak a cotton pad in polish remover, and wipe nails to create a clean canvas.
3. Apply a base coat to hydrate and protect nails and prevent chipping. It helps the colour go on smoothly and last longer.
4. Now for the fun part! Brush on two thin coats of colour, waiting a couple of minutes after each hand. To do it like the professionals (that’s the whole point, right?), swipe polish down the center of the nail first, then on each side. The key is to make the layers of polish as thin as possible, which will aid in longevity and help the polish dry faster. Maximum coverage on the first coat makes the second coat a breeze.
5. Seal with a topcoat. Let dry for a few minutes or blast with cool air from a dryer to speed things up.
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