How To Manicure

This is Jane. Jane applied nail polish without using a base coat. Jane’s nails are stained and need some love. Don’t be like Jane. 

Every girl wants beautiful nails and only realize they don’t look so hot until you’re ready to run out the door. The solution for so many is to throw on a coat of nail polish to disguise the mess. Is it better than nothing right? I would rather see nicely manicured bare nails than a poor polish job that leaves stained, dehydrated, peeling nails behind. And today I am going to explain how to achieve not only beautifully manicured nails that are flaunt-worthy with just clear nail polish, but how to polish your nails to avoid the need to recover from Jane’s mess.

I have encountered this issue too many times to count in my 25-year nail career. And what usually ends up happening is the client tries to buff off the stain and thins out their nail so much they come in to get a set of acrylic nails for instant satisfaction.

I want you to maintain your beautiful nails without the need to get artificial nails. It is especially important for females 18-35 years of age entering the workforce and presenting themselves socially to look on point. Having beautifully manicured nails send a positive message, and more people than you realize are paying attention. Now some people have thin nails, and artificial nails are their best bet, but so many have fabulous nails and can achieve beautifully manicured nails with little effort.

What tools do you need? Every girl needs a lifetime tool kit in her arsenal. Some run out and buy whatever they can find that closely matches the description of what they want to achieve. But these tools quickly fall apart, or rust and they find themselves purchasing 

the same tools over and over again. Some items are intended to be single use but are used over and over still not realizing they are full of bacteria. You need quality tools you can

purchase one time that will last you a lifetime. Look for stainless steel tools you can disinfect to maintain the health as well as the appearance of your nails. These tools are efficient, effective and will improve your manicuring skills. My online store is an excellent place to find quality tools.

Basic Manicure Steps

Step 1

Apply cuticle remover the to the skin around the nail. Some will penetrate into the nail plate but not enough to make a difference in the adhesion of nail polish like soaking in water. The nail plate is porous and soaking in water will cause the nail plate to swell and slightly change shape. Soaking creates a problem when the nail dries causing the polish to lift and chip.

Step 2

Before you trim the nails, it is essential to determine how much free edge is there. Buildup under the nail can make it hard to see the attachment point, and you don’t want to cut your skin accidentally. You will have a visible picture of how much is safe to trim after this step. Apply cuticle remover the to the skin around the nail.

Step 3

Use the stainless steel 5mm nippers to trim the excess free edge. Insert the tip of the nipper on the side of your nail halfway and squeeze to make a small snip. Move forward and continue to cut the nail in the desired shape. This method ensures you do not bend or flatten your nail that could cause layers to split and peel. I loathe fingernail clippers. They make the nail bend and put unnecessary pressure on the nail plate when you squeeze. I have a video tutorial explaining this is more detail you can find on my YouTube channel. 

Step 4

Use the stainless steel nail file to smooth and shape the free edge of the nail. Using a stainless steel file is comfortable and doesn’t give you the heebie-jeebies like some files can cause. Take special care not to tip the nail file forward or lean the nail file backward. The nail file needs to sit square on your free edge, or you will lose the strength and durability of the free-edge because it was filed at an angle.            

Step 5

The cuticle remover has had time to penetrate the skin that is dry and no longer living. Moist skin is much easier to remove so before you use the cuticle pusher apply another layer of cuticle remover.

Step 6

Place the angled end of the cuticle pusher on the nail plate and lightly push back the cuticle area. The dissolved non-living tissue will come away from the nail plate as well as the fingertip. The cuticle remover will not dissolve living tissue. Be gentle and careful not to push down onto the nail plate too hard, or you can scrape layers of nail plate off.            

Step 7

Use the nippers to trim away any loose, white skin that is identifiable as not living tissue. It is critical not to cause damage to the living tissue.

Before and After

Appearance and personal hygiene are significant even for reasons you don’t realize. When you look good, you feel good, and when you accomplish something even as simple as a home manicure, you feel pride and improve your self-esteem. And anyone thinking it takes too much time, think of it like this. It takes time to apply nail polish and let it dry than it does to clean up your free edge and cuticles. Now to learn how to polish your nails, so you don’t end up staining them like Jane, head over to

Before and After Manicure

1 Comment on How to Manicure at Home

  1. I love your u tube channel, I feel I learn so much each time I watch. Especially working on ingrown nails. Your knowledge is amazing, you inspire me to learn more

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