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How to Do a Spa Manicure and Pedicure at Home

Nov 10

A spa manicure and pedicure can be a wonderful treat, and a great way to relax and take care of yourself. If time, money, or a pandemic prevents you from visiting a spa, try an home manicure and pedicure. You probably already have all the necessary supplies in your house, or in your makeup drawer so you can give yourself a great mani-pedi at home.

How to Do a Spa Manicure and Pedicure at Home

Follow these steps to get a manicure at home and maintain your hands in top shape.

Get ready for your home manicure and/or pedicure

Here are the supplies you will need to have available:

  • Nail polish remover
  • Cotton balls or pads
  • Nail kit with file, clippers, and buffer
  • Olive oil or coconut oil
  • Orange stick for cuticles or cotton swab
  • Soaking bowl
  • Base coat for nails
  • Top coat for nails
  • Nail polish color of preference

Take off your nail polish

Polish remover quickly cleans and removes all polish from fingernails and toenails.

Nail trimming and filing

Clip nails if necessary, then file gently in one direction, working in a straight line to achieve the desired shape.

Buff your nails

To smoothen any nail ridges, gently buff the top of your nails.

Soak your fingers and nails

For 5 minutes, soak your fingers in warm soapy water. If doing a pedicure, soak your feet aand toes.

Restore your cuticles

Use a moist cotton swab or an orange stick to gently push the cuticles back. A orange wood stick for nails can be used to clean under the nail tips. Keep your cuticles soft and healthy by protecting them from bacteria.

Get your hands exfoliated

Use a scrub to exfoliate your hands, forearms, and skin. This will remove dead skin cells and restore the skin's moisture. To gently remove any dirt or debris from your nails, you can use the orange stick once again. Rinse your hands thoroughly and dry them completely.

Moisturize your hands, cuticles and fingernails

You can take the time to get a little hand massage. You don't have to go to the spa, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be able relax. Massage your skin with coconut or olive oil to hydrate the skin and nails. Finish by wiping each nail with nail polish remover to get rid of any oily residue.

Apply a base coat to nails

To protect and hydrate nails, apply a base coat. Base coats lock in color and protect your nails from staining. Relax after applying the base coat and let dry for at least one minute.

Use your nail polish

Apply a thin coat with your choice of color. Make sure the brush gets down to your cuticle as well as the corners of your nails. The second coat will be easier if you have the best coverage. Let your first coat dry completely before applying the second coat.

Apply the second coat of polish

Apply the second coat. For a seamless, full coverage, you may need to apply a third coat if the polish is too sheer or light. Keep your applications neat and thin.

Apply a topcoat

Top coats protect your manicure from chipping, and give it shine. This final step is essential. Otherwise, your manicure will last much less time. Let your polish dry completely.

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