How long has it been since your last mani/pedi session? Well, I know that it’s been too long since my last appointment. I’m just too busy – and I’m betting that there are many women who are the same boat! Well, to help your nails get into tip-top shape, we’ve put together a simple “How To” on how to give yourself an at-home mani/pedi. Get together with your girlfriends for a “girls-only day” and put the tips to use!
Step 1: Remove old nail polish thoroughly. Douse that cotton swab with nail polish remover and wipe away! We like The Stripper by Lippman Collection ($16). If needed, trim nails at this time.
Step 2: Soak your hands/feet in tepid water for 10-15 minutes. If your nails are yellow from leaving your polish on too long, add a squeeze of lemon juice and lemon slices to help get rid of the stains. For a pedicure, we suggest that you also exfoliate with a gentle scrub like Airplus Sugar Scrub ($6) and buff with a pumice stone. The Ice Cream Sandwich Pumice Stone by Me! Bath ($6) is an adorable option. Many also rave about the Diamancel Classic Buffer #10 ($49). Gently pat dry with a towel.
Step 3: Use a file to shape and even out nails. Move it only in one direction and try to avoid corners. Optional: Soak again for 5 minutes. The Nail Block by The Body Shop ($4) is a good all-in-one option.
Step 4: Apply a dollop of cuticle softener, such as By Nubar Cuti-Cure ($12), to your nails. Push back cuticles gently with a cotton-tipped orangewood stick or cuticle stick.
Step 5: Gently squeeze a moisturizing lotion into a palm and massage onto the opposite hand. Repeat with the other hand. (Same idea for the foot.) For the hands, we suggest Bliss’ High Intensity Hand Cream ($18) or a body lotion from Red Flower ($24). For the feet, try Olay Body Quench Therapy Repair Concentrate ($7).
Step 6: Finish with your nail polish of choice. Just remember that applying a base and top coat will make your mani/ pedi last longer! Try the ones from Essie’s collection!