A girl’s gotta do, what a girl’s gotta do. And sometimes, it means getting your hands dirty. The plus side, is that you’d end up (hopefully) looking with some decent looking nails!
To reach an optimum state of cute-icles, you’re gonna have to obviously be more frequent with the primping. So, here’s a pretty basic guide to use for a DIY manicure treat – something fun to take on this weekend.
What You’ll Need
Nail cutter, nail file, buffer, cuticle cutter, nail polish, a hand towel, and some balm/lotion.
I would personally prefer using a cuticle cutter like this one on the bottom right, but it’s entirely up to how your hands handle the tools; just be safe!
A bowl with some warm water. And if you’d like to take it to the next level, add fragrant flowers, or a drop or two of essential oil!
A hand towel.
And if you wanna get fancy, some homemade brown sugar and olive oil scrub! Yes, that is all you need – mix the two ingredients together and you’re set.
How Now, Brown Cow?
I personally like starting with the scrub. Wash your hands with soap first, and finish off with a little of your homemade scrub.
Soak your fingers (cuticles) in the bowl of warm water for about 5 minutes.
Using the sharp end of your nail file, gently push back your cuticles. Be sure not to hurt yourself by forcing them up. Remember, it takes a little time for your cuticles to nicely shape out naturally, so take it easy!
Using the cuticle cutter, gently cut off all the excess cuticles you’ve pushed out and back.
Be sure to not make a mess! Use the towel to clean up where necessary. Now, you can start cutting and filing your nails to the shape of your choice.
Buff your nails! Girrrllll, if you can’t read the simple marking on your buffer, ie 1, 2, 3, and so forth, I can’t help you anymore…. LELz.
Now you’re ready to polish them nails! But, before you start… Remember that bowl of water? Clean it out, and add cold water and a sufficient amount of ice to keep cold for as long as you can manage.
OK, back to the polish – base first, then one coat of your preferred colour. Dip them in the bowl of iced water for a bit… I know… Hang in there… Just a little longer…. GOLD.
Dry off, and re-coat your nails with another round of nail polish, before finishing it off with top coat. Dip your nails back in the iced water after every layer of application!
I know it may pain you to see the mess you’ve made, but I’ve warned you before – a good cook keeps their station clean always! Try not to touch anything for the next 3 hours. Trust me, it’s for your work’s own good. You can clean up during the wait, but please just be careful! Show us how you did by tagging us on Instagram @cleomsia