Tuesday, December 10, 2013

At Home Manicure Tips. Part 2.

Soak your hands in a bowl with warm soapy water for a few minutes to remove dead skin and dust left over from filing and buffing and soften cuticles. Carefully clean the nails and skin around with a nail brush. Soaking the cuticle is necessary if you are going to remove some of the excess cuticle.

Moisturize cuticles with soft dense cream. Cuticles protect nails against bacteria, so one should be careful with them and never cut them. Using a cuticle pusher gently push the cuticle, but not too far away, so as not to damage it. After the cuticle is pushed back, neatly trim the free rim of the cuticle, avoiding the cuticle area next to the nail bed. Apply hand cream or lotion and rub it in and around the nails. For dry skin greasy lotions is applied.

Before you polish your nails, you need to remove the remaining then cover the nail with a base coat. This will align unevenness that may be on the nail and provide polish to keep longer. After the first coat has dried, apply a second one. Each layer must be dried.

Once the coat dried, you may decorate nails with rhinestones or drawings using a stencil or otherwise. Typically, four coats are applied (the base coat, the two color ones and a top one). Finish with a top coat to add shine and keep the manicure last longer. Try out different designs and styles of manicure.

One "classic" look is sheer pink, another one is a "French manicure" that is clear or pale pink with tips white so your nails look "better-than-real", sometimes with added decoration. If you don't have the skill to do the tips freehand, you can use special manicure masking tape, so called "guide strips".

Remember you should not dry the nails with a dryer. Heat causes polish expansion and chip. Once the nails are dry, massage hands with a moisturizer or balm on the cuticle area. This will help promote the healthy growth of nails and protects the cuticle. Your hands with manicure look really smart.