I SUCK at painting my nails—& I finally accept it.
I’d much rather go to the salon… Relax, get a spa pedicure ( & MASSAGE! ) and a manicure from a professional.
But, unfortunately, I can’t always go to the salon. I’ve been trying to save money and with scheduling, sometimes a trip to the salon just doesn’t happen.
So my friend Stephanie taught me how to do a manicure at home & I’ve been doing it between salon visits.
Back story ⇢ Steph & I use to work together when we were both studying at San Diego State & she use to do an AMAZING manicure on herself during her breaks ( she got her cosmetology license before attending SDSU, so she has a lot of experience with everything beauty. )
So, obviously I went to her when I needed tips on how to give myself a manicure.
Okay, let’s dive in!
1. Shaping & smoothing your nails
First off, this little buffer block I discovered on Amazon is THE BEST.
Basically, it has 4 different sides, each with a different texture so you can buff your nails, remove ridges, and make your nails shiny before you paint them.
[ LOVE this little buffer block! ]
2. Fixing your cuticles
Next up, cuticles.
I use to push my cuticles down with this tool, but it was SO bad for that—because it’s not meant for it, so I usually ended up with bloody cuticles. EW.
Stephanie recommended applying a cuticle oil in-between nail treatments. She says, “typically the more hydrated your nail beds are, the longer the polish will last!” She recommended Solar Oil so I tried it out & I absolutely love it. I use it all the time.
3. Painting your nails
Here are Stephanie’s tips for actually painting your nails ( the part I’m REALLY bad at ):
- Use a base coat—this will help your nail polish stay intact. ( I like this nail strengthening one by OPI because my nails are super weak and I want to make them stronger. )
- Erase mistakes by dipping a tiny brush into nail polish remover.
- Use a fast drying top coat—Try OPI RapiDry ( I tried it & love it! )
If for some reason I HAVE to paint my own nails I go with a pale pink ( this one is my go-to ) or a nude because it’s easier to get away with mistakes when using pale colors. A bold red, not so much.
Do you have any tips? Tell, tell! : )
Shop my at-home manicure essentials: