Happy back to school week (at least for me)! With Summer coming to an end, and your schedules getting busier, it’s important to put some time aside to pamper yourself! One of my favorite at home spa treatments is a DIY manicure. I want to share some of my best tips in tricks with you, so you can get the perfect manicure for back to school or for the coming dry months! Save some money, and do it at home! Even pour yourself a glass of wine and turn on your favorite TV show… now thats good treatment! Enjoy!
Step 1 Now that your wine glass is full and Gossip Girl is playing in the background, grab your supplies and start removing any old nail polish. Don’t be lazy… get it all! Nothing is worse than trying to cover old nail polish with a new coat.
Step 2 Fill a dish with hot water and add a few drops of vitamin E oil, or any other cuticle oil you may have on hand- my all time favorite is by Lauren B., I got it in one of my Boxycharm boxes and fell in love with it! The hot water softens the skin around your nails (making the next few steps easier) and the oil moisturizes your skin (because hot water can be drying).
Step 3 A cuticle pusher is definitely a must have! Find one here or at any beauty supply store. Once your cuticles are soft, simply push the skin down along the entire width of your nail. The skin will gather at the bottom of your nail and then use these cuticle clippers (not pictured) and clip the skin away. Not only will this make your nails appear cleaner, with no hang nails, but having the cuticles pushed down and out of the way will help your nail polish go on so much smoother.
Step 4 Using a emery board, otherwise known as a nail file, shave and shape your nails to your liking.
Step 5 Finally, the last step before polish! Using the opposite side of your cuticle pusher, clean the underneath of your nails. Not only will there most likely be dirt under there, but also nail file shavings. Getting it all clean before painting is important, because the nail file dust is easily picked up by the polish and can compromise a smooth polish application.
Step 6 Pick a polish color and paint those nails!! And don’t forget a good top coat (which I have yet to find my favorite top coat… so if you have any suggestions please let me know!). The color I used in these photos is Vivacious by Revlon and I found it at my local Albertson’s. However, this fall it seems like nudes, greys, deep blues, greens, reds and purples… even glitter and mustard yellow, will be on trend. I think the overall nail look for this fall will definitely be deep and cool hued colors. I think my favorites for the coming season will be Essie’s Playing Koi, a beautiful neutral muted rust red, Essie’s go go geisha, because I can’t get enough of blush pink nudes, Essie’s Now and Zen, because grey is my favorite neutral, OPI’s Suzi- The First Lady of Nails , because how cool is a camo colored nail (?!) & finally, OPI’s Never A Dulles Moment, I love the mustard yellow but not sure if my skin tone would pull it off… but definitely giving it a try!
Step 7 Once your nail polish is set and dry, don’t forget to use a hand scrub to get both the dead skin and nail polish stuck to your skin off. Your hands will be baby smooth, finally lock in the moisture and softness with your favorite hand cream.
Let me know which Fall 2016 nail color is your favorite or if you have any favorite tips for an at home manicure!
Essie’s complete Fall 2016 line
At home manicure tools