Because not all of us have the budget or the desire to put our nails in the hands of a professional, we have put together for you our tips for becoming the queen of the home manicure/pedicure! Tips and recipes for natural nail care that you can make at home…
Before you start, make sure you are well equipped. Here is a list of our essentials:
A nail file,
a polishing block,
a wooden cuticle stick,
a quality varnish,
The right nail file
The first step to a successful home manicure or pedicure is filing your nails! This allows you to shorten them and even give them the shape you want. However, you will have to choose your nail file carefully, avoid at all costs coarse-grained files like the red ones sold by 10 in bazaars. Opt for a fine-grained file, or even a glass file. The latter is the most delicate and will not deteriorate over time, so it is also the most economical solution, as you will keep it for years. As long as you don’t drop it!
The right filing technique
We recommend that you only run the file in one direction. This will prevent your nails from becoming brittle and splitting. No back and forth that weakens your nails! You can choose a round or square shape. If you are a little frustrated because you can’t manage to grow your long ones, file them round, it will give the impression that they are a little longer.
Taking care of your cuticles
Contrary to popular belief, it is not advisable to cut your cuticles. Soak your hands in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes to soften them. You don’t need a special product for this step, tap water is more than enough! Then gently push back your cuticles with a special wooden cuticle stick to loosen the nail as much as possible.
Polishing your nails
Then polish your nails with a polishing block. This will allow you to work on a smooth and clean base and your nail polish will last even longer! This step removes any roughness and smoothes your nails, but it also stimulates nail growth.
How to apply nail polish properly
Not everyone is able to apply their varnish properly. With a first coat, you will determine the area to be covered. The trick to not overflow, is not to touch the edges of your nail. Place a drop of nail polish in the centre of your nail, near your cuticle and start from there. Draw an area that follows the shape of your nail and stop just before it. The first coat should be quite thin. The second layer should be thicker and smooth. If you’ve applied the first coat properly, it should not overflow.
How to erase varnish overflows
If, despite everything, your varnish has spilled over in a few places on your skin or cuticles, don’t panic! Take a small, clean brush (a lip brush would be perfect) and dip it lightly in nail polish remover. Then gently brush it over the affected area and wipe off the overflow.
In order to guarantee a quick drying of your varnished nails, don’t rush! Wait for each coat to dry thoroughly, otherwise the last one will never really dry and you could damage your nail polish several hours later without seeing it coming. Cold temperatures speed up the drying of the nail polish, so remember to run your hands under cold water between each coat to speed up the process. So you can forget about using the hair dryer as an accelerated drying tool, it’s a very bad idea.
Keeping your varnishes in good condition
Indeed, your varnishes like the cold, so don’t hesitate to keep them in the fridge so that they last longer!
Choose an acetone-free nail polish remover. It will be less aggressive and just as effective on your old varnish. Acetone has a tendency to dry out the nail and could therefore make it brittle.
A home-made scrub
Sometimes we need a good scrub before we start working on our nails, especially when we have a pedicure at home. So we’ve come up with a recipe for a natural, homemade foot scrub! Mix a handful of coarse salt with a few spoonfuls of olive or coconut oil and rub your feet with this mixture. If you do this in the evening, we advise you to remove the salt, but don’t wash your feet right away. Put on a good pair of socks and leave the oil on during the evening film, or even overnight, for optimal hydration!