Looking good is one of the primary factors that affect a
woman’s self-esteem. This article makes simple one of the most
beauty tools around – the personal manicure.
HISTORY OF THE MANICURE
The manicure has been around for over five thousand years. The
used henna to color their nails. The Ming Dynasty used nail color to
ascertain social status. In the early 1800’s, an almond shape to the
- pointy at the top - was popular.
Today, everything from the french manicure to fake jewels is the norm.
Even men will go to salons, to get their nails trimmed and buffed. What
is this fascination with the nail?
WHY WE LOVE IT
Well, it’s perfectly natural to want to look good and our hands are one
of the first thing people see when they meet us. First impressions are
Plus, there is nothing like the feeling of stepping out of a salon,
whether you were pampered with a facial, a new haircut, or a manicure.
Time is precious, though, and we don’t always have that extra hour to
devote to beauty – at least not during business hours.
So, what’s a girl to do? Well, you can’t cut your own hair, unless
crazy-adventurous. Giving yourself a facial is a little difficult – how
do you do a proper extraction? But to give yourself a manicure, now
that’s one of the easiest things in the world!
GATHER THE PROPER MATERIALS
The thing about a manicure is this – you’re handicapped while you’re
doing it. So, it’s very important that you gather all of your materials
ahead of time. There’s nothing that will ruin your manicure faster than
fishing around your cupboard for the cuticle stick with wet nails!
You will need...
Three types of polish – the base coat, color, and top coat.
Nail polish remover
Bowl of warm, soapy water
Bowl of ice water
Nail dryer (optional)
SET THE MOOD
The thing we love about salons is the pampering we get from the moment
walk in until the moment we leave. With the right steps, you can
transform your home into the tranquil paradise necessary to calm your
nerves and make you look and feel your best.
Light a scented candle. Vanilla and lavendar are guaranteed to
Put on a classical CD. Peaceful music you don’t hear every day
awakens senses and calms nerves.
Bar the door with a Do Not Disturb sign. This is your time!
TWO WAYS TO MANICURE
Manicures can be done the easy way or the hard way.
The hard way is this – the wrong way! If you don’t follow the list of
proper materials and simply slap on a coat of polish, you’ll be
displeased and have to start over again and again. What a waste of
You’re smart and savvy! Double check you have everything you need and
it the easy way!
THE EASY WAY TO MANICURE
Now that your environment is set and you have everything you need, it’s
time to get started.
This step is important because it prepares your hands for their new
Nail beds are full of germs, so it’s important that your hands are
sterile and soft when you begin the new manicure.
Remove any previous polish with nail polish remover and cotton
Soak your hands in the soapy water for five minutes then rinse
Some people have larger nail beds than other. Pushing back the cuticles
creates the illusion of a longer looking nail and a more pleasing
The length when your trimming your nails should compliment your active
Using cuticle stick, push down the softened cuticles of your
Using nail scissors, trim any hang nails down – be gentle, minimum
use of nail scissors is key
Using clippers and emery board, trim and file your nails to
The base coat is a step that shouldn’t be skipped. Like an artist
a new surface, the base coat smoothes out ridges and makes for a more
Apply base coat of polish – an easy technique to apply is to dip
brush into the bottle, wipe one side, then apply the other to your
nail in three clean strokes
Dip hands into ice water and shake excess off
Wait five minutes for base coat to dry (or use nail dryer)
The most difficult step! A steady hand is necessary, but don’t fret
unnecessarily. We have that nail polish remover ready for a reason.
fix any mistakes at a later step.
Apply color. Use above technique for easy application
Dip hands into ice water, allow nails to dry
Apply second coat, using same technique as above
Top coat is like armor against the elements. The reason most manicures
don’t last as long as they should is that we sometimes skip this very
important step. Be sure to give proper time for the color coat to dry –
otherwise the top coat will blend with what you already have.
Using Q-tip, gently test pinky nail to see if it’s completely dry,
If yes, apply top coat
If no, continue to dry color before applying final coat
Aren’t you lovely?! Look at your nails! Now, don’t get too excited yet.
You must, must wait for them to dry, otherwise we will have to start
over. Patience is a virtue!
Allow final coat to dry
Use nail polish remover and Q-tip to clean up any smudges
Admire your handi-work!
How did you do? Do your nails look like you went to a professional? If
not, don’t worry. Practice makes perfect and Rome wasn’t built in a
But for you over-achievers, if you think your nails look amazing this
time, get creative!
There are all sorts of things you can buy to give your hands the royal
treatment. Pick up some nail jewels to accessorize. Play around with
nails! Try your hand at the French manicure – always tricky and
YOU NAILED IT
Be proud and put your best hand forward - you’ve taken the steps you
to look and feel your best!