The Ultimate At Home Manicure Routine
Not everyone has the time, patience, or money to get a professional manicure every few weeks. Though it’s nice to splurge and treat yourself at the salon every so often, at home manicures are our secret for success. You have complete control over color, shape, and design; plus, you’re perfecting a skill!
Next time you’re in a pinch but need your nails to look professional, follow this at home manicure routine. These seven steps will ensure salon-quality nails without the added hassle or cost.
Remove Leftover Polish
Achieving the perfect at home manicure all relies on prep. Before we do anything, we need a clean base. However, there is a major issue with the majority of nail polish removers on the market. Their ingredient lists are filled with harmful chemicals that eventually break down and damage the nails.
To avoid this, our current favorite nail polish remover is soy! The is soy-based and infused with Vitamins C, A, and E. It even includes Lavender Essential Oil in its formulation to promote moisturized and healthy nails. This eliminates the issue of acetone or harsh acetates found in most polish removers. This soy formula is also vegan and cruelty-free.
To achieve best results, wipe each nail with a saturated cotton ball or pad. Allow the nails to absorb the remover for 20 to 30 seconds. Then, wipe each nail until polish is completely removed.
Cute, file, buff
Now that your nails are bare, it’s time to start shaping and prepping them for polish. You want to achieve your ideal nail shape before applying any polish. Filing or buffing the nails after polish is applied can ruin the finish and color.
For our at home manicure routine, we’re going to start with any needed trimming. The key here is to simply match the desired height on all of nails.
Next, we’ll start filing the shape. We personally love a coffin style, but any shape works, from oval to square! Our favorite nail files are the glass. They are a bit more expensive than your cardboard filers, but will create a smooth and effortless shape and finish and last practically forever in your nail care collection.
Next, comes buffing. To do so, gently rub the top of the nail with a light grit nail buffer to smooth the top of the nail and prep it for an effortless polish application.
Some people might cut their cuticles, but we believe that all you’ll need to perfect for cuticle shape is some oil and a cuticle stick. Your cuticles are necessary for protecting your nails from bacteria. So we avoid cutting them altogether.
Soften your cuticles with nail and hand moisturizer and gently push the cuticles back with a wooden nail pusher. The is non-greasy and extra hydrating. The formula is vegan, cruelty-free and free from soy, dairy, parabens, wheat, and gluten.
Just because this is an at home manicure routine doesn’t mean a base coat isn’t necessary. Applying a base coat not only helps your polish to last longer, it’ll also hydrate and protect the nails. The is the ultimate set for a salon-quality manicure. The base coat will create a clean, smooth surface for your polish to grip to. It will also protect the color from chipping or fading. This formula is free from Formaldehyde, Toluene, DiButyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, TPHP, Xylene. Plus, it’s vegan and cruelty-free.
This step is entirely up to you! Choosing a nail polish at home is a little less stressful than in the salon. You can always change your mind. You can always switch the color after a few days. And if you mess up during application, it’s all a learning process. Plus, one of the best parts of an at home manicure routine is the opportunity to touch up with your shade choice.
We currently carry a great selection of pinks, purples, and citrus shades that are all perfect for summer. A girly pink is an essential in any nail polish collection. Our staple pink is always . If you’d rather rock a purple, is always in our top-3. And for a fun pop of color, is the ultimate ray of sunshine.
An essential tip for applying polish like a pro is to start the brush as close to the cuticle as possible. Swipe the brush into each corner of the nail and up the center with three smooth brush strokes. Cover as much of the nail as possible. If you’re lacking in an area, focus product here for the second coat. Be sure to allow the coats to dry between application, about two minutes is always a safe wait time between coats. If the finish is sheer, a third coat might be necessary.
We’re not professionals, so our next step is for clean-up duty. Take a cotton pad with some nail polish remover to clean up your cuticles and around the edges of the nails. To get into hard to reach areas, fold the pad into a triangle and use the corners.