How to do a manicure at home

How to do a manicure at home

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Having beautiful nails is something that can make any woman feel good about herself. It gives you a sense of confidence so you won’t have to hide your hands when someone walks by anymore. It can be hard to find time to get a manicure done and during the pandemic, most people prefer to limit social interactions to the bare minimum.

Firstly, what is the definition of a manicure? Well, a manicure is commonly known as a cosmetic treatment of your hands. Where the nails are shaped, trimmed, and cleaned. The cuticles are also taken care of and more often than none the nails will be polished or covered with gel or acrylic. 

It’s always a good idea to learn how to do things yourself. Making time in your busy schedule to pamper yourself at home might be a great idea to wind down and relax. Doing a manicure is very important for having strong, healthy nails that feel and look good.  

Let’s start by listing the things you’ll need to perform a proper DIY manicure at home:

You can also buy a manicure set that includes most of what you’ll need from Modelones

This manicure set includes all of the tools you’ll need to do a manicure at home.

Essie is a cruelty-free brand of high-quality nail polishes. 

Manicurist is an innovative company that specializes in “green” products. They contain no harmful chemicals and are made mainly of plant-based materials.

Manucurist has a wide variety of nail polish colors to choose from.

prepping nail for nail polish

2. Prep your nails

Prepping your nails is a very important factor for having a long-lasting manicure. To get more in-depth knowledge on how to make your nail polish last longer, see this article I wrote. Start by removing any old nail polish from your nails with a cotton pad and some nail polish remover. Then using your cuticle pusher or wooden cuticle stick, carefully push back your cuticles. To make pushing back your cuticles easier, you can moisturize them with some cuticle oil as this will soften the skin.

If you have any hangnails gently cut them with your cuticle nippers. Never cut the live skin(eponychium) from your nails as this can leave your nails susceptible to bacteria and can cause an infection.

Use the softer grit on your nail file to gently buff the shine from your nails. You don’t want to over-file so be extremely careful. Just lightly touch your nail, and try not to go over the same place twice. If you are afraid of over-filing your nails, you can use a nail buffer instead. Shape your nails and make sure they are all the same length. File off any sharp edges or chipped bits on your nail. Remember to always file your nail in the same direction. Never file from side to side as this can cause your nails to split.

Finally wipe your nails off using an alcohol pad, removing any dust from the nail plate. Having a clean nail will promote the adhesion of the nail polish

A stainless steel cuticle pusher is an investment as it’ll last you years.

This set comes with 6 100/180 grit emery boards and nail buffers. They are disposable so having extras is a must.

These alcohol pads are saturated with 70% isopropyl alcohol which is great for cleaning your nail plate.

When buying cuticle nippers opt for a good quality set with sharp blades. You want nippers that will easily cut off hangnails.

How to apply nail polish

3. Apply the nail polish

Start by carefully applying the base polish to your nails. Apply a thin coat and steer clear of the cuticle area and sidewalls, as you don’t want to touch the skin. Once the base coat is completely dry you can go in with your preferred nail polish. Apply thin even coats on all your nails and make sure each coat is completely dry before applying the next. You can also use your initiative to create unique nail designs and nail art. Add glitter, stickers, or create your design using nail polish, dotting tools, nail brushes, and creativity.

Finally, apply a top coat to your nails and seal the front of your nail by wiping the brush over the edge of the nail. This will help prevent the nail polish from chipping.

apply cuticle oil to nail after nail polish

4. Finishing touches

To complete your manicure apply cuticle oil to your nails and thoroughly rub it into your cuticle, sidewall, and hyponychium areas. Keeping your nails hydrated is so important for continual healthy nail growth. Apply hand moisturizer and gently massage it into your hands and nails.


Take care of your manicure by wearing protective gloves when working in water or with chemicals, and fix any chipped or broken pieces immediately. Nail polish manicures do not last as long as gel or acrylic manicures so you can do this every two weeks or so depending on how good you care for your manicure. Remember to use cuticle oil and moisturise your hands regularly.

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