How to do a manicure like a pro

manicure at home step by step

after manicure
Manicure with clear nail polish.

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

It wasn’t so much about it being actually that hard to learn, it was just hard to fathom that a manicure is really that simple and easy. Like – can we actually charge for that?

Okay, now that I really think of it -it just felt so easy after all the other harder things we learned and studied. Still, it’s pretty simple, so I’m going to teach you to do it yourself!

 

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Before & after a manicure.

How to do a professional manicure at home – Step by step

how to do a manicure

  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.

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  1. Give your nails and hands a warm bath. I usually use a moisturizing shower gel, foam or a shower oil for the bath. Bathe for about 5-10 minutes. This helps to soften your cuticles and nails and it also feels nice and relaxing.
    + If you’re feeling extra, you can also exfoliate your hands. A body exfoliator will work just fine. Exfoliating gets rid of dead skin cells and makes your cream absorb better.
  2. Push your cuticles using a cuticle pusher tool. Be gentle – this shouldn’t hurt. (If you absolutely need to, here is where you would cut your cuticles. But do it only if they’re really grown out or sticking out.)
  3. Shape your nails with a nail file. I strongly recommend getting a glass file, because it’s more gentle to your nails. With a glass file you can file back and forth without breaking the layers on your nails.

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  1. 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.
  2. Apply your nail polish. I recommend doing it in three phases: a base coat, two layers of color polish and a top coat. Let the nail polish dry in-between layers. A base coat is super important, because 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.
  3. 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 up 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.

 

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What you need for a home manicure:

*Professional Nail Spa Bowl Manicure
*Cuticle pusher & cutter, metallic
Base coat, color nail polish & top coat (Check out some brand recommendations from below)
Hand or body lotion

easy manicure at home

My favorite nail polishes for a home manicure

I like Essie’s nail polishes. I especially like their *all in one base coat + top coat + strengthener

For color polish, I like Isadora and *Mavala. We actually used Mavala at school too. I love their small sizes, because they don’t dry out and I get to use all the product. Isadora’s nail polishes I’ve used for several years and sometimes I even skip top coat with them, because they dry so quickly and have a good shine.

My absolute favorite top coat is *Seche Vite Fast Dry  Top Coat. That has actually changed the whole game for me. Check out my full review and demo on it here.

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

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?

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