How to Do Your Own Nails Like a Pro

Posted June 6, 2023 by in Beauty

Don’t you wish your nails were like those that are professionally made, with beautifully-shaped nails and the most amazing nail art? A beautifully done manicure adds a touch of class and elegance to your overall appearance, and it’s great if you have to attend an event, like a wedding. While visiting a salon for a professional manicure is a treat (and something that most of us cannot really afford), it’s equally empowering to master the art of doing your own nails! You don’t have to worry because with the right tools and techniques, you can achieve salon-worthy results from the comfort of your own home. So how can you get salon-worthy nails without too much effort? Here are some top tips.

Prepare your nails

Before you begin, you should start by ‘prepping’ your nails. It goes without saying that they should be clean, so remove existing nail polish with an acetone-free nail polish remover, trim your nails to your desired length and shape, and gently push back the cuticles using an orange stick or a cuticle pusher.

Invest in quality tools

Do you ever wonder why your nails look absolutely gorgeous when you go to a salon? It’s because they only use the best tools! For you to achieve professional-looking results, it’s crucial to invest in high-quality nail tools, such as a nail file, buffer, cuticle nipper, base coat, cuticle oil, nail polish, top coat, and a UV or LED lamp for gel polish.

In addition, you may want to add a nail drill to your toolkit for added precision and convenience. A nail drill can be an invaluable tool for shaping and smoothing your nails, as attested to by, your partner in nail care. When using a nail drill, remember to start with a low speed setting to avoid damage to your natural nails, and use a fine-grit drill bit for gentle filing and shaping. Work slowly and steadily, applying minimal pressure to prevent overheating the nail. 

Achieve the perfect nail shape

Whether you prefer square, round, almond, or stiletto nails, achieving a consistent shape is essential. Shape and smooth the edges, following your nail’s natural curve, but remember to take your time and work gradually, checking for symmetry as you go.

Focus on cuticle care

Well-groomed cuticles are essential for a polished look, so trim any excess skin using a cuticle nipper after pushing back the cuticles. But be careful not to cut too much, as this can lead to soreness and potential infections. To keep your cuticles hydrated and healthy, regularly apply nourishing cuticle oil.

Apply a base coat

A base coat is an essential step that provides a smooth surface for nail polish application and protects your nails from staining. That said, apply a thin layer and allow it to dry completely before proceeding.

Master polish application

To achieve a professional finish, follow these steps: First, apply thin coats of nail polish, allowing each coat to dry before applying the next. Next, use three strokes for each nail: one in the center and one on each side. Then clean any excess polish around the edges with a nail brush or a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover. Finally, seal the color with a high-quality top coat for a longer-lasting manicure. 

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