Welcome to Nini’s Nail Salon! I absolutely LOVE giving myself manicures at home. You don’t have to go to a nail spa to have a salon quality manicure. Practice makes perfect, sisters. If you haven’t done them before or aren’t the greatest at home nail tech, have no fear. The more you do them, the better you become! Have fun with this, always sanitize your tools (Alcohol on a cotton pad works fine or else you can soak them in a sanitizer), and take the time you use to do your mani’s to veg out and relax. I look forward to doing them every week because I find them so therapeutic.
Below is my recipe for a “professional style” at home manicure. These are the products I use and love when doing my nails.
Acetone Nail Polish Remover
100% Acetone Artificial Nail Remover
Medium Emory Board
You may be wondering why you need 2 types of nail polish remover. Acetone nail polish remover is gentler on your nails and should be used on a cotton pad to remove nail polish. 100% pure acetone is Artificial Nail remover and is HARD CORE. It should only be used on your natural nails with a nail brush when removing excess polish during a manicure. 100% acetone is very strong and if used to remove nail polish on your natural nail it will, for sure, dry your nails the fuck out leading to peeling and breaking. Just do as I say, ok?
How To: At Home Manicure
1. Remove your nail polish using Acetone Nail Polish Remover on a cotton pad.
2. Use a nail file to shape your nails. If your nails are longer than you like use nail clippers to cut them down before shaping them.
3. Generously apply cuticle remover with your fingers to your cuticles and nails. Soak your nails in soapy warm water (I use a quarter size amount of Palmolive) for 5 minutes.
4. Use a clean towel to absorb water and suds from your hands and nails. Grab your cuticle pusher and gently push back grown cuticles from your nail bed. Chill the fuck out, Hercules. No need to put muscle into this step. Soaking the nails has softened the skin, making pushing the cuticles back a breeze.
5. Use your cuticle clippers to gently remove any excess cuticle. This step must be done with care and caution. If you are one of those broads who doesn’t know when the fuck to put the tweezers down, proof being them damn brows, I am confident you will cut your cuticles the fuck up. Less is more here and you need to know when to STOP. Simply remove only the skin that is dead and white in color. This step takes practice. Don’t go bonkers, man. Torn up cuticles hurt like a bitch, become inflamed and can get infected, and most importantly, look like shit.6. Grab your nail buffer and gently buff your nails. This step is a quicky. Do not go overboard on this one. Over buffing your nails can result in ridiculously thin nails that hurt like a bitch as well as nail polish not adhering well to the natural nail.7. Apply Prep and Clean. This product is a dehydrant and is used to prep the nails for polishing. This product removes dust, filing, and any oils on the nail bed. This assists in keeping nail polish the fuck on for more than 1 day. 8. Apply your base coat. Orly done did it right with their rubberized base. It remains tacky and works like a charm keeping polish on longer as well as prevents polish from chipping. Love this shit.
9. Grab your nail polish of choice and apply two coats. For this mani, I used Essie’s Mademoiselle. Cult classic. Every nail loving girl on the planet knows this color and loves it. It is a badass pinky nude. This color is perfect for short nails, achieving a clean, soft mani. Oh, and if you are sporting a french… here’s the best pink for the job.
10. This next step separates the women from the girls. Use a nail brush to remove any excess polish around the nail bed. Simply dip your brush in 100% pure acetone and remove any shit you got around the edges. This is how to achieve a “professional” looking manicure. Preschoolers color outside of the lines. Ladies don’t. 11. Apply your top coat. There is absolutely no exception. Seche Vite is the only fast drying topcoat on the market worth spending your money on. It is light years ahead of any other product out there. I have tried others and they should be embarrassed. This shit dries so frigging fast and remains shiny as hell for the duration of your mani. This right here could end your at home manicure beautifully. However, I do an extra step of applying Essie quick dry oil. This product helps to speed up the drying process (which isn’t really needed when using Seche Vite Topcoat) as well as moisturize the cuticle. One other thing I do religiously…. apply cuticle oil. It is a must in the world of beauty. Hydrated nails and cuticles aid in healthy nail growth
Solar Oil is a product I have used for frigging ever and is one of my favorite beauty products of all time. The consistency is perfect, it keeps cuticles hydrated for a long ass time, and it smells good. Every girl should have cuticle oil in her handbags at all times. Applying cuticle oil is a simple and effective way to freshen up a manicure. It also helps fight dehydrated cuticles which cause hang nails and make your nails that look like shit. There you have it, girls! Nini’s classic mani. Easy as hell and fun to do.
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