Home Manicure Guide

We have come up with some great tips to help you to make the most of your hands and nails without breaking the bank. Here’s our home manicure guide (be sure to remove any old nail varnish before starting the home manicure.)

You will need:

A bowl of warm water

A flannel

A hand towel

1 x tablespoon of olive oil

1 x table spoon of course sea salt


Nail scissors

Nail file

Strengthening nail polish

Take the olive oil and mix it with your sea salt, put this exfoliating mixture into a container and place next to your bowl of warm water alongside all the other items on your list.

Now start by shaping your nails, first with your nail scissors and then tidying up with your file. File your nail from the sides to the centre in smooth strokes, never use a ‘sawing’ action as this will weaken your nails and can cause splitting and breakage later.

When you’re happy with the shape you have achieved soak your hands in warm water. Do this for 5-10 minutes until your cuticles are soft.

Take your exfoliating mixture and massage your hands with it, paying particular attention to the backs of your hands. This will slough off old skin cells and expose fresh, softer skin beneath. Rinse off the mixture thoroughly and pat dry with your towel.

Now take your flannel and wet it with warm water, squeezing out any excess. Carefully push back each cuticle with the damp flannel to expose white ‘half moon’ areas. This process should not hurt, be gentle!

Take your moisturiser and massage a generous amount into your hands, then leave it to soak in for 5-10 minutes.

Rub each nail gently with your towel to remove any left over moisturiser and apply your strengthening nail polish. Leave to dry and you are done!

For an even nicer home manicure ask a friend to do it for you and return the favour!

By lexutor