10 Tips for How to Do Salon-Worthy Nails at Home

How do you get your nails to look professionally manicured? Here's how to do it yourself. Create a perfectly polished look for your nails at home!

Professional-Looking Manicures at Home: How-To Guide

Many people don't realize that it is possible to design salon-worthy nails at home. With all the tools and tricks available today, you no longer have to spend a fortune at the salon in order to keep your nails looking fresh. Follow our top ten tips for getting salon worthy nails at home. Check them out below.

Tip 1: Why you need to remove old nail polish first

Always remove old nail polish before attempting to produce salon-worthy nails. Nail polish remover and a paper towel or a cotton ball are all you need. Just make sure to use a non-acetone polish remover, as these are gentler on your nails. Acetone leaves your nails feeling dry and weak; it's too strong to use on your nails in our opinion.

Tip 2: Why to file your nails when they are dry

For better shape control, file your nails while they're still dry. Overly abrasive files will lead to peeling, so always use a fine-grade emery board instead. The best approach to shape control is to choose one direction and stick with it. Don't saw back and forth on your nail, as this could cause breakage.

Tip 3: How to Soak and Care for Cuticles

Soften nails and cuticles in a bowl of warm water mixed with oil or body lotion. After a five to ten minute soak, dry off your nails and apply cuticle cream. Gently ease cuticles back by making tiny circles against the cuticle with a cuticle tool or a thin wooden stick with a slant-edge tip at both ends.

Tip 4: Wipe away excess moisturizer before polishing

Wash away excess oil or lotion with soap and water, and then dry nails thoroughly. Re-rubbing them with polish remover at this point shouldn't be necessary and can actually over-dry nails. This is a mistake many people make when doing their nails at home.

Tip 5: Why you always need a basecoat

Apply a basecoat. You may be tempted to skip this step, but you really shouldn't. A basecoat prevents dark nail polish from leaving a distasteful tint on your nails.

Tip 6: How to put on nail polish like a pro

Sweep on nail polish in three strokes, from base to tip. Go up the center, then hit each side; it doesn't matter if you do the right side or the left side first. In order to apply the thinnest coat possible, dip the brush only once per nail. Allow each coat to dry for a minimum of one minute. While this may seem tedious, it will save you time in the end. You will make fewer mistakes and have a faster drying time overall. Plus, you won’t have to worry about dents and lines.

Tip 7: Why you always need a topcoat of nail polish

Finish with a topcoat. Wearing a top coat can keep your nails healthy and prevent them from cracking or peeling. Higher quality topcoats offer a harder, longer-lasting protective shell than the fast-drying ones can provide. However, any topcoat is better than no topcoat. Choose the fast-drying one if you are pinched for time, but realize it won't give you as much protection.

Tip 8: Use a topcoat every few days to make a manicure last

Apply a quick-dry topcoat every other day to prolong the life of your nail polish. To help prevent nicks, try a silicone-based spray or drying oil. Nothing is worse than chipping your nails the day you got them done or soon after. These products should help prevent that from happening.

Tip 9: Do touch-ups when your nails have dried

Touch up any nail polish mistakes after nails are dry; working on wet nails makes smudging more likely to happen. Use a cotton swab and polish remover. If you have a smudge, gently rub it out with a dab of polish remover. When dry, polish only the affected area, then cover the entire nail with a topcoat.

Tip 10: How to add manicure embellishments

Now is the optimal time to add any designs you want to implement. A few, simple details can go a long way to make ordinary nails look spectacular. We recommend using metallic colors to add details such as silver, gold, rose gold, or bronze. These colors will make your nails pop and look as if they were done by a professional.

Wrap-Up: How to do a professional manicure at home

As you can see, it is possible to get salon-worthy nails at home. These tips will help make the process easier for you and it will save you a lot of money in the long run. Don't waste your time and money at salons when you can get the same results at home. For more info on salon-worthy nails and what nail polish to use, check out our other nailcare stories.

Resources— ShapeTheCut

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