24 June 2021 | 5 min read

10 Manicure Tips For A Great Manicure Every Time


Whether you’re trying to save some money or stuck at home during the lockdown with going to the salon not being an option, getting a manicure shouldn’t be a problem. We have curated a list of easy manicure tips and tricks for an ideal manicure  procedure for you. These easy tips will help you fix all the sneaky mistakes that keep your nail polish from lasting longer.

1. Clean your nails before starting with it

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A lot of people have a lot of suggestions on how to do a manicure. But they forget the most important step – for a great manicure, the first step should always be cleaning the nails. This is important not just from the hygiene point of view but also preps them for getting a manicure. A good quality nail paint remover, preferably acetone-free, is very important. A good remover takes off all of the paint, even glitter. It even moisturises the cuticles. Even if you aren’t wearing any nail polish, you should still rub a cotton ball of remover over the nails to get rid of any dirt or grime. Always wash your hands with soap and water after using the remover.

2. File, buff next

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Clip your nails first if you need to. Then, file gently with a good quality nail file. Always move in one direction to get the tips of your nails in a round or square shape. Avoid over filing as it may damage the nail bed. If not buffed properly, the natural oils in nails can build up, and the residue that remains can ruin your manicure. Filing and buffing your nails is almost like brushing your teeth, kind of like brushing your teeth – it brightens them, gets rid of rough edges, and makes them look youthful.

3. Push back cuticles

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For a perfect manicure at home, use a great quality cuticle remover. Ensure that it is oil or balm-based to help remove dead skin and soften the skin. Cuticle oils help moisturize, while removers act like exfoliants for the nail beds. After this, push the cuticles very gently with a cuticle stick. This also helps you clean underneath nail tips. Cuticles protect nails from bacterial infections, so don’t cut them.

4. Exfoliate

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This is an important step. Exfoliate your hands, wrists, and forearms with a natural scrub – like walnut powder, orange peel or oats – to remove dead skin and replenish moisture. With a cuticle stick, gently clean any grime from under the nails. Wash your hands later with a handwash and dry well.

5. Moisturise well

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After exfoliating, moisturise your hands well. A rich alternative to moisturiser can be coconut oil or olive oil. Give yourself a nice hand massage as you moisturise. Now, swipe each nail with nail paint remover to get rid of excess moisturise or oil.

6. Apply base coat

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No manicure procedure can be complete without this step. Apply a base coat to your prepped nails to hydrate and protect them from chipping. Wait for a few minutes. Ideally, you should wait for 2-3 minutes between each coat. A base coat also prevents dark coloured paints from staining your nails.

7. Apply the first coat of paint

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Now, gently and evenly, apply a coat of the colour of your choice. Make sure to get the brush down to the cuticle to all corners of each nail. Good coverage in the first coat makes the second coat easy. Do not overload the brush, and do not go for too many strokes. Load just enough polish on the brush to cover the nail in three strokes.

8. Apply the second coat of colour

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After waiting for two minutes to let the first coat dry, apply a second coat of nail polish following the same technique as the first coat. Very light or pastel colours might need 3 or 4 coats too. Just make sure each coat is thin and neat.

9. Apply a topcoat to finish

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Another vital step in your manicure procedure – topcoat. Applying a topcoat to your painted nails protects your manicure from chipping and adds an extra sheen. Don’t skip this step. However, be careful when you apply the topcoat, as a messy application can ruin the whole effort you put into your manicure. Also, remember that topcoats “tighten” when they dry, causing little ridges in corners if not applied well. If you like a mirror-like shine, go ahead and apply one more coat of the topcoat (of course, after waiting for it to dry for 2 minutes).

10. Clean up and let the nails dry

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Tidy up any smudges on your fingertips by wiping very carefully with an earbud tip soaked in nail paint remover around the cuticles and the fingertips. If you use polish remover cotton pads, fold one into a triangle and repeat the same process. After this critical step, let your nails dry for an extra 5-7 minutes. That’s it! Your perfect manicure at home is all done. PS – Want to do a manicure at home and find yourself missing out on the products you need? You can buy them online – make sure you keep your digibank debit card  handy for ease of payments. What are you waiting for?



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