Most people feel their best when they look their best. This is one of the reasons manicures are so crucial to many people. Both men and women can get manicures to make their nails looks healthy and attractive. 

While I enjoy getting the occasional manicure from a professional, I also enjoy doing them at home to save money. You can also learn how to give yourself a manicure that actually looks good.

Even if you don’t have a lot of experience doing your own nails or with manicures, you can still do your own and make them look good. You can find all the tools you need online or at your local beauty supply store. You can also learn how to do a proper manicure by watching tutorial videos online.

Having your nails done by a professional may seem like the easier route, but learning to do them at home will save you a lot of time and money. You won't have to schedule an appointment, drive to the salon, or pay a lot of money to have great looking nails. 

Once you know how to do a manicure properly, you will be able to do them yourself with ease and make your nails look great.


Tools Needed to Give Yourself A Manicure


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If you are going to learn how to give yourself a manicure, you need to have the right tools. While some types of manicures may require more tools than others, most will require the same basic ones. Having these tools on hand will allow you to complete your manicure quickly and easily. You can find these items at most beauty supply stores or online.

  • ​Nail file
  • ​Cuticle pusher
  • ​Cuticle cutter
  • ​Nail buffer
  • ​Nail cleaner
  • ​Nail sterilizer
  • ​Manicure strips
  • ​Embellishments (if using)

How To Prepare Nails for A Manicure


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To prepare your nails for a manicure, you need to make sure they are clean. Wash your hands with soap and water and use a nail brush to clean the nails. You should gently rub the brush underneath the tips of the nails to remove any dirt that may be stuck underneath the nail and around the tops of the nails. 

You can also take a cuticle tool and gently press back on your cuticles to remove any hangnails and promote healthy nail growth under the nails you plan to put on.


Different Types Of Manicures


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There are many different types of manicures, and new ones are popping up every day. Many nail artists and individuals see their nails as a way to express themselves and experiment with different designs and ideas until they find one they like best. 

While most manicures require the use of nail tips and manicure sets to create the desired look, if you own natural nails are long and healthy, you may also be able to designs them in the manicure style of your choice. Here are some different types of manicures.

Basic Manicure

This is a simple type of manicure that is the easiest and most basic. There isn’t a lot of work involved, and the nails are usually painted with two coats of polish and a clear coat in the end.


French Manicure

This is a popular type of manicure that many people choose to wear. The nails are painted a soft pink color all over, and the very tips are painted with white lines. The tips are usually square. It creates a clean and professional look.


Reverse French Manicure

For this design, the entire nail is painted pink, and the lines are added at the base of the nails near the cuticles. The white lines are sometimes substituted for other colors or glitter polishes to create an edgier nail design.


American Manicure

The American manicure is similar to a French manicure, but the tips are usually rounded instead of being shaped into a square. Instead of using a bright white color on the line, they are typically off-white instead for a more subtle appearance.


Gel Manicure

Gel manicures are safer and less damaging than acrylic manicures and they last longer. These manicures can be given any design or painted. They are covered with a clear coat that cures under UV lights and locks in the nail design and gel so it will last for several weeks.


Embellished Manicure

These manicures go above and beyond a standard manicure and can include a variety of different embellishments. Many people add small beads, rhinestones, charms and other things to their nails to get a unique design. These manicures can be tedious a time consuming whether done at home or in a salon.


Step By Step Instructions for A Manicure That Actually Looks Good


Giving yourself a manicure that actually looks good is easier than most people think. The great thing about doing it at home is that you can afford to experiment and even mess up a few times. You can remove it all and start all over, without worry about the cost of a salon visit. Here’s how to give yourself a manicure at home.

Step 1:

​Remove any old nails and nail polish. You can do this by cutting off the nails and soaking your natural nails is acetone polish remover. You may also need to wipe them with a paper towel to remove all the polish.

Step ​2:

​Trim and file your nails into the shape you want them. Make sure they are all the same shape and size if possible. Buff them to remove any nail dust and make them soft and smooth.

Step ​3:

​Push back the cuticles. Apply some lotion to your hands to soften the cuticles. Use a cuticle pusher to push them back gently. Do not force them back far, as you could feel some pain and even damage your nails or cause an infection.

Step ​4:

​Exfoliate your hands with a scrub. This will help remove any dead cuticles and nail dust and also clean the nails one more time before you start the manicure.

Step ​​5:

​Moisturize your hands. Not only does this feel great, but it also prevents you from smudging your nail polish and will make it easier to remove any polish you accidentally get on your skin.

Step ​6:

​Apply your base coat. This color depends on the type of manicure you want to give yourself. You can choose a light pink, a soft peach, or any other color. Some people like to use bold colors instead of natural colors. Apply it, so it covers the entire nail and is even.

Step ​​7:

​Add the details. If you are doing a French manicure, a reverse French manicure, or an American manicure, you may want to use manicure strips to make your lines straight. Some people have a steady hand and can do it without the use of strips. Make sure your lines are neat, clean and even.

Step ​​​8:

​Apply the embellishments. If you are using any embellishments such as crystals, you should apply them now. Use tweezers to place them on the nails with glue. Allow them to dry thoroughly.

Step ​9:

​Apply the clear coat to the nails. This will help protect the polish and prevent it from chipping. Many people like to apply more than one clear coat for extra protection. Make sure you let the nails dry completely between each coat.

Step ​10:

​Clean up the nails. Look at your hands and make sure there’s no nail polish on the sides of the nails or tips of the fingers. You can use cotton swabs to remove polish from tight areas and a paper towel to remove it from others. Let your nails dry for at least five minutes before you start touching things or using your hands.


What To Avoid When You Give Yourself A Manicure


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While it’s easier to learn how to give yourself a manicure than you think, it is possible to mess up. There are a few things you want to avoid. If you do happy to mess up, just remove the polish and start again.

Filing Wet Nails

A lot of people get in a hurry and want to file their nails while they are still wet. This is not a good idea and can damage your nails and cause them to split. Dry your nails under a nail dryer or with a towel before you start to file them.


Filing Back A Forth

A lot of people file their nails back and forth, but this isn’t the best way to do it. Instead, file them from one direction to the other. Don’t switch directions. I suggest using these emery boards because they are comfortable but also get the job done.


Filing Too Often

It’s okay to file regularly to promote healthy nails, but filing to often can cause damage. Make sure you aren’t using a metal emery board if you file them regularly, as they can be too hard and heavy on the nails over time. Also, don’t file them too hard or aggressively and never file the cuticles.

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