Here is a list of everything you will need in your tool kit before we get started with your manicure and/or pedicure.
- Nail Brush – For scrubbing your nails clean
- Nail Clippers – For cutting toe nails straight across
- Sharp Nail Scissors with curved edges – For cutting fingernails
- Cuticle Remover – A cream to remove dead skin from the cuticle area
- Nail Stone – A pen-shaped pumice for removing dead skin from the surface
- Cuticle Trimmers with pointed tips – For trimming hangnails
- Wooden or Plastic Orange Stick – For gently pushing back the cuticles
- Nail Buffer – For smoothing and shining the nail surface
- Emery Board – For filing the edges of nails smooth
- Hand/Foot Cream – For moisturizing and protecting (make sure your hand cream contains SPF)
- Cuticle Cream – For softening the cuticles and preventing hangnails
- Nail/Cuticle Oil – Sweet Almond Oil and Vitamin E to condition the nail bed and cuticle
- Conditioning Base Coat – To protect the nail and prevent it from becoming stained, and to provide a surface for the polish to adhere to
- Top Coat – For a fast-drying, shiny, hard finish that helps to prevent polish from chipping
- Acetone-Free Nail Polish Remover – To gently remove all traces of polish without stripping the nails of moisture
- Foam Toe Separator – For holding the toes apart to avoid smudging while polishing the toe nails.
How To Be Your Own Nail Technician
- Wipe off old nail polish with a cotton pad moistened with nail polish remover. Wash your hands thoroughly and scrub the nails with a nail brush.
- If necessary, trim the nails using sharp curved nail scissors for fingernails and clippers for toenails (always cut toenails straight across to prevent ingrown toenails). Shorter nails look neater, especially when painted in dark colors.
- Use the emery board to file the nails, working in one direction only – don’t saw back and forth. Create a gentle curve at the edges, so the nails are slightly squared off with rounded corners.
- Gently buff the nails, sweeping the buffer across the nail bed to smooth any ridges and make the surface shine.
- If necessary, apply cuticle remover following the product instructions, or apply a little softening cuticle cream.
- Using an orange stick, gently push back the cuticles from the nail to reveal a neat half-moon shape at the root. Carefully trim any hangnails with cuticle trimmers.
- Gently rub the nail with a nail stone to remove any dead skin, focusing on the edges closest to the cuticles.
- Rinse and dry well. Then massage oil into the nails and cuticles, then apply hand or foot cream.
- Now you are ready to paint your nails…
The Perfect Polish
- Prepare the nails (as we just did). Wipe a cotton pad moistened with nail polish remover over the nails to remove any trace of nail oil. Separate toes with your foam separators or use cotton balls.
- Apply a base coat to each nail, being careful not to get it on the cuticles, as it will make them hard.
- Starting a hair’s breadth away from the cuticle, apply the first coat of nail polish. Make one stroke down the center of the nail first, then fill in the stripes on either side. Once each nail has been painted, apply the second coat.
- Apply a coat of fast-drying top coat and leave to dry. The polish will be touch dry in around half an hour, but be careful with your hands and don’t put on shoes for at least an hour.
Tip – If you make a mistake, dip a Q-Tip into nail polish remover and wipe away your mistake with the Q-Tip.