How to do a manicure like a pro

how to do a manicure like a pro at home

how to do a manicure like a pro at home

after manicure

A manicure was one of the hardest things to learn at beauty school.

I’m not kidding.

It wasn’t so much about it being actually that hard to learn – it was more like a mental battle. It was hard to internalize that a manicure is really just that simple and easy. Like – can we actually charge that? (Okay, now that I really think of it – it could be the that a manicure just felt so easy after all the other harder things we learned and studied. Still, it’s pretty simple.)

manicure

Before & after a manicure.

So, I thought I would show you how to give yourself a manicure like a pro. At home!

  1. Wash your hands and use a disinfectant. Just to start things off fresh and clean.
  2. Remove the old nail polish, if there is any.how to do a manicure
  3. Give your nails and hands a bath. You can use any cup you have at home, but you can also buy a manicure cup from amazon (they’re pretty cheap). Make a warm bath for your nails. I usually use a moisturizing shower gel, foam or a shower oil. Bathe for about 5-10 minutes. This helps to soften your cuticles and nails and it also feels nice and relaxing.
  4. Push your cuticles using a wooden orange stick or something similar to that. Be gentle – this shouldn’t hurt. You don’t necessarily have to cut your cuticles – only if they’re really grown out or sticking out.manicure at home
  5. Shape your nails the way you want using a nail file. I strongly recommend getting a glass file, just ’cause it’s more gentle to your nails. With a glass file you can file back and forth without breaking the layers on your nails.
  6. Clean your nails with a nail polish remover. This is to remove any dirt and oils from the surface so that the nail polish lasts longer.
  7. Next it’s time for some nail polish. I recommend doing it in three phases: a base coat, two layers of color polish and a top coat. Let the polish dry in between layers. A base coat is super important, ’cause it protects your nails. There are different types of base coats – hardening, ridge-filling, moisturizing etc. Pick a base coat suitable for your needs. You can also use a 2-in-1 clear polish that can be used as a top coat as well. There are different types of top coats as well: quick drying or hardening.how to manicure
  8. Add a hand cream to your hands and cuticles. A cuticle treatment is recommended too, I like using just coconut oil. Your nail polish should be dry before adding the oil. If you’re worried about messing the nail polish, let it dry before adding a hand cream. And that’s it. A good old manicure. The order of these steps may vary but this is the very basic routine.


blue manicure

+ Add two extra steps for A SPA MANICURE

If you want to do a spa manicure, add the extra steps of exfoliating your hands and doing a mask. Exfoliate your hands during the bath. A body exfoliator is fine. Exfoliating is recommended also, if you have dry skin. Apply a hand mask after you’ve filed your nails. If you don’t have a hand mask a moisturizing body mask is suitable too or just a thick layer of hand cream. Wrap your hands in plastic and towel and enjoy the peace for ten minutes (you kinda have to, ’cause you have your hands tied.)

Here are the products, that I used and some product recommendations.

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easy manicure at home

essence studio nails professional cuticle pusher | essence studio nails rosewood sticks |  MOSSA Oil-infused nourishing body lotion | Professional Nail Spa Bowl Manicure(amazon*)

sally hansen moisture rehab

sally hansen review

Sally Hansen miracle GEL 911 Aqua Chakra* | Sally Hansen miracle GEL Top Coat* | Sally Hansen moisture REHAB Strengthener*

I love Sally Hansen nail products. These miracle gel polishes have great pigment, nice texture and they last long on the nail. Full review here. I can also recommend that moisturizing treatment that is suited for the nails and cuticles. I treat my nails with this whenever I’m not wearing any nail polish and I sometimes use it for my cuticles during the day.

manicure at home

MAVALA MAVA-STRONG base coat* | MAVALA GEL FINISH TOP COAT* | essie all in one base coat + top coat + strengthener (amazon*)

I also love Mavala products. We actually used them at school too. They have great quality products and I love especially their small sizes, because they don’t dry out and I get to use all the product. Essie is another great brand and this all-in-one clear polish is great.

When was the last time you treated yourself to a manicure? 

natural nails

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February Favorites

february favorites

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zuii sheerlips begonia

february favorites

pandhys loose mineral foundation

Here are my favorite products of this month and a quick recap of the month.

This month has been all about blogging. I spent half of the month on a holiday so it was nice to get back to work.  I’ve been setting some goals for my blog and tried my best to follow those goals. I’ve been busy planning posts and my future. I’ve also been stressing way too much about everything – that’s something I could skip next month. It’s just not always easy to stay in the moment and chill out. Still worth it though, so I’m gonna keep practising.

This month’s posts
I wrote about our amazing trip to Holbox, Mexico. I also wrote about regrets and my acne journey (I’ve been really open and honest this month!). Then I wrote about using snails in skincare and I did a black smokey eye tutorial. Which post was your favorite?

The *pr-sample tells that I’ve received the product as a pr-sample. It doesn’t mean that I have to blog about it – I only choose products that I actually like, so all the opinions are 100 % honest and mine.

essence get big lashes volume boost

essence get BIG volume boost mascara
You can’t miss the hype about essence cosmetics – not in the beauty world at least! Essence products have a great price-quality ratio. I mean, they’re super cheap, in english. The products I’ve tried are mascaras and a brow gel. I’ve tried a bunch of different mascaras from them but this is definitely my favorite! It gives my lashes a nice boost without looking clumpy. This is perfect in all the other ways except that it’s not very long lasting. It doesn’t last the rain or sweating. At the end of the day I can see it’s a bit smudged and it’s on my lower lash line. It’s not that bad though, but still, a little. Nevertheless, it’s a good mascara for daily use and for the price – it’s pretty great.

zuii sheerlips begonia

Zuii Organic Sheerlips Lipstick in Begonia *pr-sample
Spring calls for bright lipsticks. This is one of my favorite pink lipsticks – Begonia shade is cool-toned and it’s almost matte which makes it really intense. This lipstick lasts very long without making my lips dry: it’s 100% organic with moisturizing aloe vera, shea butter and jojoba oil. Love the packaging as well!

pandhys loose mineral foundation
Pandhy’s Loose Mineral Foundation *pr-sample
I collaborated with Pandhy’s a while ago and tried their mineral makeup – I’ve been a fan ever since. This foundation is still my favorite, especially now since I’m struggling with my skin again. I’m trying my best to treat my skin so that it boosts the recovery and using organic makeup products is one of the things I do. This doesn’t hide every imperfection I have (I have to hide the spots with another layer or a concealer), but it evens out the color of my skin and makes my skin look altogether smoother and prettier. This also works as a sunscreen – I used this a few times in Mexico and didn’t burn at all – whilst looking fabulous of course.

isadora face sculptor

Isadora Face Sculptor in Cool Pink *pr-sample &  Z-palette
This palette is oldie, but goldie. I’ve even hit the pan with the bronzer, which doesn’t happen often being a beauty blogger and all! I love this palette – it has great three versatile colors that work as a bronzer, blush, highlighter and eyeshadow. I often take this with me when I’m travelling because I can do the whole face with it. My favorite color from this palette is the pink blush – it’s the perfect everyday shade which I use even when I’m not using the rest of the colors.
I’ve depotted the palette in this pink Z-palette, because the original packaging got broken in my -full makeup drawer (totally my fault). I actually love this palette even more in it’s new place – the Z-palette is sturdy yet handy and it looks super cute. Depotting is by the way really addicting and satisfying.

pink z-palette

Do we have some same favorites? What are your top picks for this month?