Be Your Own Manicurist

Getting a manicure or pedicure can be a fun treat, but spending the money and the time to get your nails done professionally isn't always an option. So why not be your own manicurist and do your nails DIY-style? It's cheap, it's easy and you can redo them as often as you like!

Here are some tips to get you started!

  • Shape: If you are trying to move past the traditional squared-off nail, try the "squoval" -which is widely regarded as the most flattering nail shape for most women. The squoval is not quite square and not quite oval. Get the look by filing nails into a shape that mirrors the curve of your nail base. Square tips can make fingers look chubby.
  • To ensure your nails are the same length after filing, line each nail up with its counterpart.
  • To prep the bottle of polish, don't shake it, instead roll it between your palms. This mixes the polish without causing air bubbles.
  • Before polishing clean nails, soak a cotton ball in nail polish remover and swipe across nails. This will remove any excess oils or soap than can cause peeling once polish is applied.
  • For best results, apply thin layers. Start with a thin layer of basecoat, then apply a thin layer of polish down the middle then one on the left and one on the right. After the first coat dries for a couple minutes, repeat, then follow with a thin layer of topcoat. 
  • If you get polish smudges on your cuticles or fingers, run an orangewood stick dipped in nail polish remover along either side of nail to fix any mistakes. 
  • A good trick if you are pressed for time is to apply cuticle oil over the polish. This will prevent anything from sticking to the polish if it is not quite dry.
  • To keep your manicure looking fresh, add a new layer of topcoat every other day.
  • If you do get a chip in your polish, try using a nail buffer to repair the ragged edge and then fill in the chip with a bit of polish. Once dry, add a top coat over the entire nail.
  • Always protect your nails by wearing rubber gloves while gardening, cleaning or doing dishes.