Are you tired of hitting the nail salon every other month and thinking about taking the salon to your home to try a manicure at home? If the answer is yes, let us tell you that everything is possible, including going for a manicure at home. You need to have the right starter kit, the DND gel nail colors of your choice, and a calm mind. Trust us when we tell you that painting one’s nails is a soothing experience – it calms your mind and makes you happy with the thought that you are pampering yourself.
Besides, there is a special thrill about the fact that you don’t have to leave the house every time a nail goes missing, or you want to change colors. However, if you have been visiting the nail salon frequently and have no experience applying gel DND on your own, you might want to go through the necessary steps to help you get the perfect manicure at home.
Steps to Get the Perfect Manicure
Clean Your Nails
Before you even think about applying the base coat, you will have to clean your nails and prepare the perfect canvas for nail polish. Remove the nail polish that you had applied before by using a nail polish remover.
Choose a nail polish to remove that is the least damaging to your nails. Ideally, you should choose a nail polish remover that moisturizes the cuticles and strengthens the nails. Suppose you don’t have old nail polish stuck to your nails, you still want to clean your nails by removing dust, oil, and dirt. Afterward, scrub your hands and nails and get them dry.
Prepare Your Nails
This step involves the use of a manicure set. If you have opted for the beginner kit, you will find a clipper and a filer. Don’t forget to file your nails from underneath while you are shaping your nails to your desired direction.
After clipping and filing, you will have to buff your nails to create the perfect canvas for the nail polish of your choice. The nail buffer is made to smoothen the nail surface and eliminate any moisture and natural oil that could prevent the nail polish from sticking to the nails. Buffing is also essential to get rid of potential ridges while creating the perfect canvas. Don’t forget to push back your cuticles before applying the first layer, which is the base coat.
Apply the Nail Polish
You have been waiting for this part – applying the nail polish. Depending on the type of nail polish, there are different procedures for the different types. For instance, the gel polish requires a UV light to cure the nails. On the other hand, the nail dip colors don’t require curing, however, their application process is different than the gel polish. Typically, the gel DND application comes in three parts – the base coat, the colored layer, and the top coat. After applying the base coat, make sure to let it dry before you proceed to apply the colored layer.
If you have thin, fragile, and easily breakable nails, you might want to apply a thicker layer of the base coat before applying the colored layer. After applying the colored layer, allow it to dry, and finally proceed to apply the top coat of your nail polish. The purpose of the top coat is to ensure that the nail polish is glossy and that it lasts for at least three to four weeks. If you allow all layers to dry and perform the manicure the right way, your manicure is more likely to last for up to four weeks.
The best part about a DIY manicure is that you don’t have to make an appointment at the nail salon every time you get bored with your nail polish. Keep those nails fresh and popping by making them the perfect extension to your outfit. Your nails are your ultimate fashion statement.
After you have completed your manicure, it is time to moisturize those cuticles. Typically, you will find cuticle oil in your starter kit – if not, you can apply any soothing oil, such as lavender oil, to the cuticles to restore moisture. Don’t forget to moisturize your hands to get the perfect SPA vibe at home. By moisturizing your hands, you will also add a touch of luxury to the DIY manicure. You will feel relaxed, pampered, and happy.
If this is the first time you perform gel DND nail art yourself, we recommend remaining patient as smears are more likely to happen. Once you have mastered the art of applying nail paints, you will never want to go to the salon again. Next time, people will be asking where you got your nails done; you can proudly show off your skills and tell them that you are a pro at self-manicuring.