How To: Do a salon-perfect manicure at home

Do a salon-perfect manicure at home

Want to get professional looking results right at home? You can easily do it yourself. Your nails don't have to suffer anymore. A specialist at Sally Hansen gives you expert video advice on doing a salon perfect manicure right at home. Don't waste money at the salon, do it yourself!

1: Clean Nails

Firstly remove all traces of nail color and treatments with nail polish remover, to ensure the nail (plate) is free from any dirt or grease.

2: Shape Nails

If your nails are very long, trim them to even lengths with scissors or a nail clipper. Then file the edges smooth with a nail file or emery board. Finish by filing underneath the nail to neaten the edge.

3: Groom Cuticles

If cuticles are particularly damaged, exfoliate before soaking. Soak your fingers for 5 minutes in warm water to soften the cuticles, then pat them dry, to leave the cuticles moist. Wrap some cotton wool around a cuticle stick or use a cuticle pusher and gently push back your cuticles. Carefully nip away any hangnails. Don't cut the cuticles, as they will grow back thicker.

4. Prep Nails

If you have used a cuticle cream or oil, remove from the nail (plate) with nail polish remover. Now your nails are ready to apply a base coat. If you have problem nails, you should use a nail treatment as a base coat.

5: Apply Nail Polish

Now apply your favorite shade of Sally Hansen nail color. Apply 1 or 2 coats of polish, depending on the type of polish or the depth of color desired. Apply the polish lightly and quickly using sweeping strokes. Start from the base to the free edge and over the nail tip.

6: Finishing Touches

Finish with a top coat to seal nails, add brilliant shine and help nail color last. When applied between manicures, top coats add strength and protection and help keep your nail color looking shiny and just-applied fresh.

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