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9 Tips for Home Manicures

9 Tips for Home Manicures

Getting yourself a manicure every alternate week is the best way to make sure that you have beautiful and healthy nails every day of the year, but it would also make the entire thing pretty expensive. This is why it works better if you know how to do your own bi-weekly manicures. In case you are just getting started with that, you might find the following tips to be quite helpful.

Dry Your Nails Faster

Drying nails after a manicure will take two to three hours and as long as you can couple it with a long Netflix session on the weekends, it can turn out to be a very relaxing few hours. However, when you are in a hurry, you can also dry your nails in just a few minutes. After you are done with the manicure, air dry for a few minutes and then dunk your nails in a bowl of ice water. Your nails should not take more than five minutes in total to dry with this method.

The DIY Nail Dotter

Colorful dots on nails are always a hit when you are trying to sport a casual and bright look, but you don’t really need to buy a dotter for that. Find one of those pencils with an eraser on the other end and stick a pin inside. You have just made your own nail dotter!

Impress People with Water Marble Nails

Originally developed in Japan, the water marble nail art is simply one of the most beautiful options on the list of a nail artist and it offers so much variety as well. You will need to check out the guide on how to water marble nails first though.

Prevent Smudges with Oil Spray

Apply a bit of oil spray on each nail after the manicure to set it in and to keep the paint from smudging.

Prevent Chipping

To prevent chipping, seal in the polish’s raw edge as you apply the top coat, by using the brush along the top edge of your nails.

Remove Paint Completely

When you have had a dark shade on for a while, it can be difficult to remove it completely and get your white nails back again. To expedite the process, add hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to hot water, before soaking your nails in the solution for a minute or two.

Make a Paint Eraser

Use one of your old eyeliner brushes to erase the wrong strokes and spills which might happen while painting the nails. Dip it in nail polish remover and brush it over the places where the paint has spilled out.

There’s Strength in Numbers

If you want to avoid smudging, apply multiple thin coats of polish, instead of a single thick coat.

Petroleum Jelly will Save Your Skin

Apply petroleum jelly on your cuticles and the nearby skin, so that removing the errant strokes of paint is no trouble at all. Do keep in mind that if the petroleum jelly gets onto your nails, you will have to remove it first because the paint won’t stick over the jelly.

While opting for home manicures will save you a good deal of money down the line, these nine tips will help you to maximize your time and effort. If you are a beginner, you will definitely make a few mistakes and it might take a few tries before you perfect your nail art, so do take it slow.

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