Perfect Your Home Manicure

I remember two things when it comes to nails that I always heard growing up.

  1. A women’s nails tells you a lot about her life.
  2. When you have chipped nails and a sarcastic women would ask if it was the latest ‘trend’

Whilst having a conversation with Lisa at work she mentioned how it takes her an hour to do her nails – who has the time but reality is that us women do, so here are 5 tips on how to perfect your mani at home so not more going to the shop.

Prep your nails.
Once a week you should remove all polish and massage a nail oil on the whole nail from cuticles, tips to the edge. Let the oil absorb completely then apply a base coat on top to lock it all in.

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Find your perfect shape.
Oval shapes flatter both wide and narrow nail beds and add length with a graceful tip. To achieve the perfect oval shape file each side walls straight to make sure they’re even. Then shape the side walls into a rounded oval.

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Apply Polish.
When you’ve selected your nail colour apply two coats. Use quick, light strokes to allow polish to be even distributed on each nail. Remember let the first coat dry before applying the second coat. It will prevent little polish bubbles.

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Refine.
It’s normal to be out the lines and find your nail polish on the edge and on your skin. Use a cotton ear bud dipped in nail varnish remover and press lightly onto the area and remove slowly.

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Allow to dry completely.
You nail might look ready but some say it can take up to 12 hours for your polish to harden and dry completely. If you add a top coat to your polish make sure you let it dry completely and try to avoid doing too much.

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You can buy all of the above at Boots or Boots.com