Six tips for a perfect manicure at home

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Araceli Nicolas

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Manicures are the best beauty accessory for any look. To show off perfect nails you can go to a beauty salon or get the manicure at home. This last option is cheaper and can even be a fun plan to spend a weekend afternoon.

To obtain a good result It is important to have the necessary tools and, above all, to be patient. «Many times when it comes to doing a manicure at home, you don’t have the patience to wait. When multiple coats are applied without leaving that the previous ones are dry, it favors that the manicure is damaged before time or that a small blow is marked “, explains Tamara Soengas, Mavala Brand Manager. To achieve a perfect manicure at home, follow these six practical tips:

1. Clean nails well before starting

The first step of the manicure is to clean the nails well and remove the remains of old enamels. «You have to soak a cotton ball and place it on the nail plate, pressing for a few seconds so that the nail polish remover penetrates the nail polish and softens it. After a minute slide the cotton towards the free end of the nail exerting light pressure on the nail. If all the enamel has not been removed, repeat the action with the same technique. The cotton should never be rubbed in circular motions, as this encourages the removed enamel to stain the cuticles and skins that surround the nail, making it difficult to remove make-up and enamel removal ”, advises Tamara Soengas. After cleaning, put your hands in warm water to soften the cuticles.

Patience is essential for a manicure at home to be perfect.
Patience is essential for a manicure at home to be perfect. – Instagram @betina_goldstein

2. File, better cut

To retouch the size of the nails you can use scissors, nail clippers … or a file. In fact, the Mavala expert advises so. «We recommend file nails and run away from nail clippers, since they can deform them and damage the beginning of growth. With a suitable flexible cardboard file, the length of the nail can be shortened and shaped. Regarding the filing technique, it is very important always file in the same direction and direction with long passes. Filing in this way prevents the nail layers from separating and breaking.

3. Moisturize the cuticles

An essential part of the nail that is often forgotten is the cuticle. To have a perfect manicure, the cuticles must be hydrated and healthy. At home, if it has never been done, just moisturize the cuticle with the help of a oil or cream, something that should be done on a daily or weekly basis. If you have experience, they can be pushed with the help of an orange stick. You have to avoid cutting the cuticles, something that was done years ago but that professionals no longer recommend.

From left to right: Pack of 1 fiberglass files with Beter fruit decoration (€ 6.30);  Opi Natural Nail Base (€ 16.50);  Gel Top Coat Gel Effect by Mia Cosmetics (€ 7.69).
From left to right: Pack of 1 fiberglass files with fruit decoration from Beter (€ 6.30); Opi Natural Nail Base (€ 16.50); Gel Top Coat Gel Effect by Mia Cosmetics (€ 7.69). – DR

4. Apply a primer or primer to protect the nail

Before applying the enamel, it is advisable to put a base or primer. Maube Aubin, Product Manager at Manucurist, explains that «in the same way that the moisturizer is applied before the foundation, it is essential protect nails before applying polish». Tamara Soengas adds that “the bases have different utilities and benefits, depending on which one is chosen. In general, the base protects the nail layer from the chemicals that some polishes include; help so that it does not penetrate and stains the nail. The bases enhance the durability of the enamel, since it adheres more strongly, lengthening the manicure. Some have more complex functions such as hardening the nail, hiding irregularities, moisturizing it, etc ».

5. Thin enamel coats

With the base already dry, it is time to apply the chosen nail polish. In general, at home, if you do not have much experience, it is advisable to choose a basic manicure in one color. To get the color to be uniform, without lumps and without coming off the nail, Manucurist recommends “applying the nail polish in thin layers. The first tent does not have to be ‘pretty’. It is used to adhere the second visible layer. The thinner the layers, the more successful the result will be. To do this, you have to drain the brush on one side and leave on the other side, only a small drop of enamel at the end of the brush. Then apply each coat in 2-3 strokes. Also, do not forget delimit each layer applying a small amount of polish to the edge of the nail.

The Mavala expert adds another tip for getting the perfect nail polish at home. «When you put makeup on the nail, you tend to paint the contours as close as possible to the cuticles and the edges, this is a bad decision: we recommend do not make up the edges so that the glaze remains homogeneous and lasts longer ”.

From left to right: Taormina enamel in raspberry pink from the Mavala pastel party collection (€ 7.10);  Manucurist Green Flash semi-permanent peach nail polish (€ 19).
From left to right: Taormina enamel in raspberry pink from the Mavala pastel party collection (€ 7.10); Manucurist Green Flash semi-permanent peach nail polish (€ 19). – DR

The patience it is essential to be successful with your manicure at home. Before applying the second coat, the first has to be dry. In general, the time to wait is that which is invested in enamelling the second hand.

6. The top coat lengthens the duration of the manicure

Once the enamel is dry, it is advisable to apply a top coat. This product protects enamel from impacts and offers a finish that can be gloss or matte. The top coat also serves to refresh the manicure and add shine at any time. Tamara Soengas from Mavala offers one last trick for getting a perfect manicure at home. «When applying the enamel and the top coat it is recommended seal the tip of the nail with the brush perpendicular at one. The tip is the area that hits the most and is hit. By applying a thin layer of enamel it is sealed and it is possible to improve the resistance to impacts ».

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