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Doing a manicure at home - step by step instructions


First of all, you need to prepare the nail plate and cuticle for further processing. First you need:

  1. Tweezers, trimmer,
  2. Scissors,
  3. File,
  4. Scrub, oil, cream,
  5. Degreaser (you can take alcohol or face lotion).

To learn how to make a cool European manicure, you need to remember that the most important part is preparation. On this tape, the old coating is removed, the cuticle is trimmed, the nails are filed and their surface is leveled. For the procedure, you can use a special device or several files and hand tools (they must be sharpened before use).

Manicure at home

Step-by-step instructions on how to prepare nails for manicure at home:

  1. The old varnish is erased. Immediately after this, the nails are soaked in the bath. We recommend adding a little sea salt and iodine to the water - then the plate will become thicker and stronger,
  2. After 5 minutes of "soaking" the nails, you need to get one finger and check the cuticle. If it is easy to deform, then it can be cut. Gently with a file or a special stick, the skin is brought to the hole itself, after which it is cut off. Depending on the experience, you can use a trimmer (for professionals) or tweezers (for beginners). The action is repeated with every nail,
  3. After trimming, lubricate the cuticle with oil. Most often, spas use cocoa or shea, which have excellent antimicrobial and regenerative properties, for this purpose.
  4. Next, the plate is aligned and the desired shape is given to the nails. For rough machining - forming hard tools are selected. For example, with diamond or mineral spraying. For soft - cleansing the nail from growths and bumps, more delicate - silicone or wooden,
  5. When the treatment is completely finished, it remains only to degrease the surface and the well, remove the remaining oil from the cuticle,
  6. If everything is done, then sterilization of the instruments is mandatory. If the apparatus is manicured, that is, the main work is carried out by machines, then they are disassembled and washed in a special solution. Hand tools are rinsed in chlorhexidine.
Photos - Preparing for manicure

In exactly the same way, a pedicure is performed at home at home. After that, you can begin to design.

After applying the softener, a few minutes should pass, then, you simply move the skin closer to the hole. The cuticle is very malleable and soft. To remove it, you do not need to use any trimmers or scissors. It is removed even with an orange stick. It remains to wipe the plate with a remover and cover with a base for further staining.

Simple edged manicure with regular varnish

At home, with your own hands it is easiest to do manicure on short nails. In addition, it is on small plates that it will look most profitable. All items are performed as described in the section above. After giving the desired shape and degreasing, the plate is covered with a base - it will fill the cracks and will become a solid and even basis for the paint.

You can make different types of manicure with ordinary varnish:

  • On the water
  • Gradient,
  • Art design and many others.

Let us dwell on the most ordinary coating - it is very simple to make it yourself and it does not require a lot of time. After the base has dried, a layer of colored varnish is applied on top of it. It must also dry completely. If the shade is not bright enough, then the surface is repainted.

In order to keep the manicure longer, a professional fixative is used. It performs several functions: it gives accuracy, strengthens the plate, helps to remove delamination and prolongs the life of the varnish. Fixer is often enriched with various vitamin and mineral supplements.

Video: do circumcised manicure yourself

Learning to do French manicure.

It’s very simple to make a French manicure correctly, it does not require any special skills or tools, so it is often performed at home. The only thing - it is recommended to buy a white varnish with a thin brush. Of course, at home you can work with the help of stencils, but any professional master will say that only when painting with a brush you can give the desired and beautiful shape to the nail.

Essential tools for manicure at home

Good, solid tools - This is the key to high-quality care of the cuticle, preventing delamination of the nails and the high speed of the procedure.
For a classic trim manicure, you will need the following tools:

1. Cuticle tweezers.


It is best to purchase a tool of the Zolinger brand, it is an old German brand of cutting tools. Tweezers come in sizes. They determine the length of the blade. Good to take 0.5 cm.
2. Pusher (translated - pusher)


Double-sided spatula for cuticle: on the one hand resembles an oar, on the other a hatchet. Must be metal.
3. Knipper


Tool for cutting the length of the nail. It looks like a small guillotine, it can be for the nails on the hands and feet.
4. File 180 grit

Grid must be imprinted on the file itself.
5. Polisher 2000 grit


There are double and triple polishers, then the grit for each side should be printed.
4. Orange sticks,

What tools for manicure should be used, and which are not

If the experience in nail care is still small, orange sticks come in handy. They can move the skin near the cuticle and clean out the eponychium.

Some use cuticle cutters. manicure scissors. This is acceptable, but the best quality manicure will be, if you use tweezers. Scissors have straight blades, and tweezers have beveled ones. therefore the tweezers cut the skin more and deeperand after them the manicure lasts longer.

Nail fork

Warning: There are many manicure accessories on sale. One of them is the “little fork”. This is an unprofessional tool that has brought many injuries in its lifetime. It is assumed that this “fork” will cut off the excess skin around the nail.

This tool, no matter how you take it, scratches and cuts through the delicate nail in the hole. In addition, it cuts off not the excess skin (eponychium), but the thin skin of the roller. Therefore, when you use it, your hands bleed.

Since this is a cuticle area, no blade pressure is allowed. This can damage the matrix - nail growth cells under the well. As a result, the nail will grow crooked for the rest of its life.

Choosing a nail file, which one serves what

Nail files vary with grit. In grit, the amount of abrasive applied per 1 square centimeter of a file is measured:

The coarsest file is 80 grit. It is used to reduce the length of artificial nails,

100 to 150 - to shape artificial nails,

180 to 240 - for working with natural nails,

It would be a big mistake to work with the wrong file. In stores you can see nail files without a sign of grit. Do not buy them. It can be coarse files that only “soak” the nail and it will crumble and flake.

To cut the edge of the nail with scissors is wrong, for this there are nail files or a nibbler. He, like a guillotine, cuts off the edge at the right angle.

Warning: Nails in their structure resemble a honeycomb. If you cut the honeycomb with scissors, the edge will be broken off and a lot of honey will flow out. If you cut with a knife, then a few drops will come out.

So it is with nails. If cut with scissors - the edge of the nail will be broken. This is not visible to the naked eye, but one can observe the damage done through a microscope.

Nail file made in one direction. Then the edge of the nail does not “break loose”. Do not use a raw nail file. Nails absorb a lot of water and become flexible. They stretch after the file and can not make a good cut. Yes, and you can break off the edge of the nail. Therefore, the file only work on dry nails.

The polisher also works on dry nails.. This is the tool for the final stage of the manicure procedure.

How to choose the shape of the free edge of the nail

Nail shape can visually extend fingersmake them thinner and sleeker. But often you have to see nails of different lengths, asymmetrically filed or too short.

The fingers on the hand are all different, the nails are also different. The thumbnail is wider than the rest, but longer. On the little finger is the most beautiful, narrowest nail. The ring finger also has a beautiful nail. But the index and middle are usually shorter than the rest. This is because they have a lot of work. They are hard workers and therefore do not have time to grow up.

Short nails should be trimmed in length. Especially if you are going to cover them with clear varnish. The free edge will shine through and it will become clear that it is of unequal length on all fingers.

The shape of the free edge is:



Soft square


The square is sawn like that: First, the length is removed, then on the one and on the other hand several movements are made with the file to emphasize the square shape.

Soft square: made from the previous shape, slightly rounding the corners and giving the straight cut a slightly smiling line.

Oval: made from a square shape, at the corners the file is set at an angle of 45% and the corner is sawn off. Then the obtuse angles formed are smoothed out with a file.

Tip: You cannot make an oval while working with a file first on one side of the nail, then on the other. Be sure to go through the stage of the square, then cut off at 45% of the corners and only then cut the oval. Otherwise, the nail will not work symmetrical.

Almond: First, a square is made, then the file cuts the corner on both sides at an angle of 60%. Then all angles are smoothed.
The amygdala is attached only to long nails. On short she looks awkward.

After shaping with a fingernail need to remove sawdust from under them. This can be done by placing the file perpendicular to the free edge of the nail and making several movements of the file up.

The technique of performing a classic edged manicure:

Step 1: Wash your hands thoroughly with soap, wipe off the old nail polish and give them the desired shape,

Nail polish removal

Step 2: Completely remove the old varnish,

Nail polish remover

Step 3: Spread a towel, put a bowl of hot water on it. You can add a little liquid soap,

Hand soaking

Step 4: Dip your left hand in a bowl of hot water (if left-handed - right),

Step 5: Remove the little finger from the bowl, wipe it with a towel and push the cuticle away with a pusher,

Step 5: With a hatchet, clean out the pterygium (eponychium),

Pterigia cleaning

Step 6:With tweezers, cut off the white dead skin on the rollers and in the cuticle area.Keep the tweezers on the rollers with bladesparallel to the nail, and in the cuticle area perpendicularly.This results in a smaller cut and there is no chance of accidentally hitting the roller with the back of the blades,

Cuticle removal

Step 7: Take out the ring finger and repeat steps 4 to 6,

Step 8: Take out the middle finger and repeat steps 4 to 6,

Step 9: Remove the index finger and repeat steps 4 to 6,

Step 10: Take out your thumb and repeat steps 4 through 6,
Step 11: Change the cooled water and lower the second hand into it,

Step 12: Repeat steps 4 through 9.

If the manicure is done to a man or a child - the next step will be nail polishing and massage of the cuticle with oil.

Moisturizing oil

If a girl does not want to paint her nails, then they are covered with a colorless base for natural nails. it keep them from drying with detergents and detergents. And also at the end, massage the cuticles with oil.

Unedged manicure at home

In the cabin, unedged manicure is performed with a special apparatus. It has a mill, different nozzles and speeds. At home, you can make such a manicure with the help of files of various shapes and grits.
There’s a file called that - "A file for the European not edged manicure". It is small, square or rectangular in cross section and often has a rounded end. It is convenient for them to move the roller in the cuticle area.

Ceramic hoof

Another tool that can come in handy for removing eponychium is ceramic hoof. It should not be confused with silicone hoof. Outwardly, they are very similar, but silicone is very soft. They can’t clean the nail from dried, sticking to the nail skin. It is suitable only to move the roller in the cuticle area.
Unedged manicure is performed without soaking, on dry skin. To soften dry areas, special means are used.

Cuticle Remover

There are two types of products: alkaline and acid. Both of them well soften hardened areas of the skin with hyperkeratosis. You should ask the seller if you need to rinse the purchased product and after how many minutes to do it.
Still have funds based on fruit oilsthey do not need to be washed off the skin. They will not dry out and will not cause inflammation if they are not washed off. On the contrary, nourish and moisturize the skin. Such cuticle removers are applied between manicure procedures, so that eponychium (pterygium) does not grow. High-quality and not expensive cuticle removers can be purchased here.

Technique of European unedged manicure at home:

Step 1: Wash your hands with soap,

Hand wash

Step 2: Apply cuticle remover,

Step 3: Starting with the little finger, with the rounded tip of the file or with the orange stick, move the roller,

sliding and grinding roller

Step 4: Remove the softened thin skin from the surface of the nail,

Cuticle removal

Step 5: Treat the rollers with a 180 grit file,


Step 6: Wash your hands with soap,
Step 7: Degrease the nails with alcohol,

Degreasing nails

Step 8: Apply the varnish.


How to smoothly and beautifully paint your nails

There is no difficulty in easily and quickly painting your nails and doing it exactly at home, without going to the roller with a brush.

First of all, the varnish should be of a certain consistency. The new varnish is well applied and dries quickly, because solvents have not yet evaporated from it. If the varnish is thickened, 3-5 drops of a solvent for varnishes are added to it.

Do not try to dilute the varnish with acetone. or nail polish remover. These funds will cause the varnish to curl.

Technique for applying varnish in bright or dark colors:

In order for the color coating not to be absorbed and not paint over the natural plate, it is worth putting a transparent base in front of it.

Step 1:Dip the brush in the varnish, squeeze the excess back side of the brush on the bottle with a movement "from yourself."

Step 2:Put the brush in the middle of the nail at an angle of 45 degrees and make a movement towards the cuticle. Before reaching the roller, stop the brush and make a movement to the free edge of the nail. All this double movement must be done without tearing the brush from the nail and without stopping it.

Brush setting Smooth movement to the cuticle Brush to the free edge

Tip: Before you begin to paint your nails, it’s good to practice brush movements. An ordinary light bulb is suitable for this.

Step 3:Put the brush on the nail in the cuticle area so that the brush lies perpendicular to the finger in the hand. Make a brush stroke along the cuticle to the side roller, round the brush stroke along the contour of the nail (the brush changes position - now it lies parallel to the finger in the hand) and bring it to a free the edges of the nail.

Movement to the side roller

Step 4:Repeat this movement on the other side of the nail. If the varnish on the brush runs out in the process, turn it over and continue.

Moving in the opposite direction

Step 5:Using a well-wrung brush, draw along the end of the nail, sealing it.


Technique for applying varnish in dense and dense pastel colors:

Step 1: Dip the brush in the varnish, squeeze the excess back side of the brush on the bottle with a movement "from yourself."

Step 2: Put the brush in the middle of the nail at an angle of 5 degrees and make a movement towards the cuticle, keeping it almost on weight. The brush does not press on the nail, only the varnish touches the nail. Before reaching the roller, stop the brush and make a movement to the free edge of the nail.

Step 3: Bring the brush to the cuticle area. Hold the brush parallel to the finger. Barely touching the nail, make a movement with the brush towards the side roller and down to the free edge. The brush should pass along the side of the nail without touching the roller.

Step 4: Repeat this movement on the other side of the nail. If the varnish on the brush runs out in the process, turn it over and continue.
Step 5: Using a well-wrung brush, draw along the end of the nail, sealing it.

Nail Designs at Home

There are beautiful design options for which it is not necessary to go to the salon. They can be performed at home: rhinestones, glitter, gel pen painting, stickers, broths, varnish painting, craquelure, velvet, cat's eye.

Cat's eye stripes Cat eye wave

1. Design “Cat's Eye”. For him, you will need to purchase a magnetic lacquer and a cat eye magnet for nails. Still let out options "Wave", "Stripes" and others. But the most spectacular is Cat's Eye.

Cat's eye - made with gel polish

It is done on a freshly applied coat of varnish. The magnet is brought to the nail so that the strip is along the nail. Hold for 1 second.

If you hold the magnet closer to the nail - there will be a clear line, then - blurry.

If you bring the magnet first vertically, and then horizontally - there will be a bright dot.

Gel Polish-made with ordinary varnish

2.Design "Craquelure". A new solid varnish appeared on the product market. More details can be found here. This is a special cracking varnish that is applied to the dried previous layer.

Looks good substrate of gold, white, black varnishes. Crack varnish dries quickly. It can be diluted like regular varnish.

If you apply it in a thick layer, then it will crack into large parts. If a thin layer - into small ones. You can combine: make one side of the nail with large fragments, and the other with small ones.

Craquelure - large, medium, small.

3. Design "Velvet". The varnish for this effect is called "Satin." After drying, it becomes dull hiding all the irregularities of the nail.

If you apply a top on it - it becomes shiny, like a regular varnish. You can make two nails shiny and leave the rest matte. This design looks good in a dark or bright version. On pastel colors, it is almost invisible.

4. Design "Leopard". On a dried substrate (for example, the color of coffee with milk), uneven spots are applied with a brush with varnish a little darker (beige) and, without waiting for them to dry, a black dot is added to each speck. An orange stick gives each point a comma.

Design “Leopard”

This design is classic. It can be performed not only in natural colors, but also in avant-garde ones. The turquoise backing looks well with blue spots and black commas.

5. Design "Zebra".

Zebra Design

On a dried white substrate, black lines are applied with a thin brush. There are varnishes for design, they just have such brushes.

The lines are drawn along the diagonal of the nail. The first line is drawn simple. The second, parallel to it, with a thickening extending from the middle of the line. It looks like a very narrow triangle. The third line is drawn simple along the previous one. The fourth is drawn with a thickening on the other side. The fifth is simple.

Can draw ordinary black gel pen. When the pattern dries, simply fasten with a top coating. One nail under the zebra looks good, the rest are white.

Nails with rhinestones and broths

6. Design with stickers, broths and rhinestones.. It is used in festive occasions (wedding, graduation) and requires a beautiful dress.

Decorate two nails, tightly covering them with rhinestones of different sizes. Swarovski crystals fit, they can be purchased in a set. In the center, closer to the cuticle, they put the largest stone. Near it, on both sides, smaller stones.

The smallest stones are placed on the edge of the nail. The space between large stones can be filled with golden broths. On the remaining nails in the center of the cuticle, one small stone is placed.

Rhinestone Pencil

Put stones on dry varnish. They take the stone by simply bringing an orange stick or a special pencil for rhinestones moistened with water and it sticks to it (special pencils are used for fastening the rhinestone). It is put on fresh varnish, corrected, trimmed, it sticks to the varnish and releases the stick.

Instrument sterilization at home

In nail salons, instrument sterilization is carried out in a dry oven.

Manicure tools

At home for this purpose you can use the oven. In a dedicated bowl, metal instruments should be laid out, the oven turned on 250 degrees and heated for 15 minutes.

If a wound was applied during the procedure and blood came out, the instrument is soaked in solution before sterilization chlorhexidine or rubbed three times with 70% alcohol (in the presence of special pharmacy products, processing is best done by them, according to the instructions).

Nail files and orange sticks can also be soaked in a disinfectant solution.. But if there was no blood while working with them, just wipe them.

Below you can find a detailed video on the sterilization of manicure tools, some information will come in handy at home.

What pharmacy products can come in handy

In the pharmacy, in addition to chlorhexidine, you can buy tincture of hawthorn 70%. This alcohol solution can be used as a disinfectant.

The professional line of pharmacy sterilization products is very diverse. Disinfectants are divided into two types: for hands and for a metal tool. A pharmacist in a pharmacy will always tell you what funds are available.
Still may need glue BF-6. This is a medical adhesive for treating wounds. It is convenient when cut, disinfects and seals the wound instead of the patch.

It’s good to have a remedy on hand from warts "Mountain celandine", brown herbal balm. If a wart is detected during the manicure procedure, you can immediately burn it with this balm.

Baths and oils for strengthening and growth of nails after manicure

For nails to be healthy, they need to be nourished and treated. Aggressive environments make them thin and brittle, white spots, transverse waves appear on them. To avoid this, it is good to make baths with sea salt.

Sea salt is not necessary to buy expensive, and one that is sold in grocery stores is also suitable. You can add it with a manicure for steaming nails.

In the process of nourishing nails with such water, a phenomenon called osmosis. This is an exchange of salts of two media. Nails, like appendages of the skin, are an organ of excretion. Through the microscopic holes on the surface of the nail comes out a nail effusion.

After taking a course of antibiotics, it forms very actively, preventing artificial nails from sticking to the nail bed. That is why after taking antibiotics two weeks should pass before nail extensions.

Those who were on vacation for a long time in sea water notice improvements in their nails. Baths do not have to do for a long time. 15 minutes is enough. This procedure can be performed in the evening at the TV.

After the bath, the hands are lubricated with a nourishing cream. The best creams - with fruit oils. It can be oil of avocado, aloe, apricot. Just do not confuse them with essential oils. This is a completely different product.

If the cream says that it contains mineral oilIt’s better not to buy such a cream. These are products of chemical distillation of oil. It will not be useful for nails.

Sunflower and olive oils are also useless for nails, but for a different reason. They have a large molecule. She does not go into the cuticle. It turns out the hands are good, and the nails are bad. It is better to nourish your hands comprehensively: both skin and nails.

You can always look beautiful, you just need to get used to it.

12 tools needed for manicure

This arsenal is simply necessary to perform high-quality manicure.

1. Sharp nail scissors

If you plan to radically change the length of your nails, then nail scissors will come in handy.

2. Nail file

Do not use metal files, they injure the nails, which then begin to peel. It is better to purchase a glass file or a file on a cardboard basis with a fine-grained abrasive coating. The first, by the way, will serve you much longer than the second.

3. Metal tweezersif you are doing a cropped manicure.

When buying tweezers, pay attention to the material from which they are made. Those made of surgical steel will stay sharp longer.

4. Orange wood stick or metal spatulawith which you will push back the cuticle.

5. Necessary means for the bath:

  • olive oil,
  • sea ​​salt,
  • essential oils and stuff.

Manicure for beginners: tips and tricks

6. Nail polish remover

Choose one that does not contain acetone. Such a liquid will easily and gently remove nail polish and at the same time will not harm them. If you have a nail polish remover with acetone, then experts advise adding a little glycerin to it. It will retain moisture inside the nails, which is usually taken by acetone, and will not allow spoiling the nails. Removing nail polish with this cocktail is also easy.

7. Cotton balls or discs

They help remove nail polish from and around the nail bed.

8. Emollient cuticle oil

It is applied before the procedure for its removal.

9. Cuticle remover

Helps to quickly remove the cuticle without the help of scissors.

10. Hand cream

It must be used constantly so that the skin is soft and does not peel.

11. Base coat and fixative

Allow the varnish to last longer on the nails.

12. Nail polish

It is best to have a large assortment to choose according to the mood and ensemble of clothes.

Technique of manicure: 4 stages

If you follow all the stages of a manicure, your nails will look beautiful and healthy.

1. Bath

If you decide to do a circumcised manicure, be sure to make a hand bath. This procedure will soften the cuticle, and it can be removed easily and without injury.

Pour enough hot water into a bowl so you can completely immerse your fingers in it. Add two to three tablespoons of olive oil, two tablespoons of colorless sea salt, a few drops of essential oil (such as lemon, which brightens the yellowed nail plate).

Manicure for beginners: tips and tricks

Oil will soften the skin and nourish your nails with valuable vitamins, and salt will make them strong. Immerse your fingers in this solution and hold for about 10 minutes. Once the cuticle is soft, proceed to remove it.

2. Cuticle removal

Removing one finger, a spatula or stick, move the cuticle to the base of the nail.

Manicure for beginners: tips and tricks

You need to act with sufficient effort, however, do not overdo it - you can damage the base of the nail. Then, using the sharp side of the stick or scapula, scrub the remnants of the skin from under the cuticle.

Manicure for beginners: tips and tricks

If notches remain, remove them with tweezers. Tweezers need to bite off the skin, and not tear it off. So you will avoid cuts.

Manicure for beginners: tips and tricks

With unedged manicure, the cuticle is removed using a special tool - cuticle remover.

Apply gel around the nail, not forgetting about the area under the nail.

Then, gently using a stick, remove the product along with the dissolved cuticle.

It is better not to apply it to all fingers, since the remover dries quickly enough. Work on two nails.

Many manicure masters advise applying a cuticle remover to varnished nails. Since some of them have a rather aggressive composition, which destructively affects the nail plate.

3. Correction of the shape of nails

If you decide to shorten your nails as much as possible, use manicure scissors. Cut nails with one confident motion.
Choose a future nail shape. There are several of them: pointed, styletto, oval, square, round. If you have long, strong nails, then you can afford the pointed shape of the nails. And if you are the owner of weak nails, then it is better to give them a square shape.

Manicure for beginners: tips and tricks

Sawing the nails, direct the file in one direction so that the nails do not peel. Make sure that all nails are the same length.

4. Varnish and care

Manicure for beginners: tips and tricks

So that the varnish lays evenly, does not go beyond the borders of the nail, follow this instruction:

Manicure for beginners: tips and tricks

  1. First, degrease the nails with a nail polish remover so that the decorative coating is even and free of bubbles.
  2. Apply a base coat that will not only protect them from yellowing and the harmful effects of nail polish, but also smooth the surface of the nail.
  3. Now take some polish on the brush. Swipe the brush from the base to the edge of the nail.
  4. Make the second and third smear from the base of the nail, drawing a peculiar arc with the brush to its edges.
  5. In the end, use a fixing coating that will add shine to the manicure and extend its life.
  6. If you are in a hurry, use the so-called "drying". Just one drop of "drying" at the base of the nail - and the varnish dries almost instantly.
  7. If you go beyond the edge of the nail, correct the imperfections with a small brush, cotton swab and nail polish remover.
  8. Do not forget to constantly use a moisturizing or nourishing hand cream, which will relieve skin from dryness and peeling. Also, take care of the cuticle. Use a nutritious oil that should be rubbed into the cuticle until completely absorbed, and it will always look neat.

Manicure for beginners: tips and tricks

How to make a manicure at home, experts advise in this video:

Which nail polish is right for you?

What will be needed for manicure?

Of course, the list of necessary depends on many factors. For example, from what type of manicure you prefer: edged or unedged. But the standard set of tools you need is something like this:

  • nail polish remover,
  • cotton pads or lint-free napkins,
  • nail clipper (nail clippers) or manicure scissors,
  • orange stick or cuticle pusher,
  • cuticle remover (remover),
  • nail file
  • nail polish file,
  • hand cream,
  • base coat for nails

Simple unedged manicure at home: step by step instructions

Have you prepared everything you need? Then make sure that your workplace is properly lit - and follow our instructions exactly.

The first step is to remove the remnants of the old varnish with a cotton or lint-free cloth moistened with nail polish remover. It is better, by the way, if possible to do it all the same with a napkin: cotton pads often leave small fibers, due to which the varnish is then distributed unevenly. And even if there is no varnish on the nails, still wipe the nail plate with nail polish remover to degrease it.

Use scissors or wire cutters to trim your nails. If the nails are not too long, or you do not plan to significantly shorten them, you can skip this step and immediately proceed to use the nail file.

Use a nail file for natural nails with an abrasiveness of 180-200 grit. You can find out how to choose this tool correctly here, and our detailed guide will help you choose the right shape of nails. Do not move the nail file according to the “right-left” pattern, this can lead to stratification of the nails: move in one direction, in smooth movements. Round your nails very carefully and do not overdo it: if you file too actively on the sides of the nails, this can lead to their growth in the future.

Polish the edges of the nails with a polishing file to avoid delamination, and lightly polish their surface. But, again, do not strive to achieve a mirror shine: on a perfectly smooth surface, nail polish will be hard to “fix”.

With an orange stick or a special pusher, gently push the cuticle and pterygium - the lower layer of the cuticle, which is a thin film.

Apply a special cuticle softener (remover), wait 20-30 seconds.

With an orange stick or pusher, gently push the cuticle out again, being careful not to press on it. If there is no special remover on hand, you can use a fat cream instead.

If necessary, remove any burrs with a pair of nippers or scissors. Hand skin cream.

After removing the cuticle, use alcohol-containing liquid or nail polish remover. This will help remove remover residues and degrease the surface of the nail. By the way, some beauty brands produce special nail degreasers, they are also very effective and convenient to use.

Be sure to use the base coat: it will prevent yellowing of the nail plate and provide better adhesion to the varnish. Spread the base in a thin layer, slightly departing from the cuticle. Do not skip this step, even if you plan to then cover your nails with light varnish.

Is it worth doing a cropped manicure?

Nowadays, the most popular is the procedure of unedged (European) manicure, the creation schemes of which we presented above. With such a manicure, the cuticle is not cut, but softened with a special tool (remover), and then pushed back.

In addition, the cuticle serves as a kind of barrier and protects the skin from infections. If you are still used to trimmed (classical) manicure, but would like to switch to European, just stop cutting the cuticle, start using a remover and be patient. Fortunately, the process is reversible, and if you refuse to cut the cuticle, with regular European manicure after some time, the cuticle will become softer and thinner.

How to make a French manicure at home?

French is one of the classic types of manicure. If the tip of the nail is highlighted with a contrasting strip, then in front of you is precisely a jacket. The canonical version suggests a combination of “pink translucent varnish plus a white strip”, but today more and more often in French manicure they use various color combinations, as well as different textures - shimmer, glitter, and matte.

According to the latest trends, the color line on the tip of the nail does not have to turn out to be even. But if you want to create a classic version of the jacket, then this problem will be the main one that you have to solve.

French manicure: step by step photo tutorial

Тому, кто достаточно умело работает с кисточками для маникюра, френч будет сделать проще простого. You will need the actual brush itself (the thinnest of all possible), a transparent base, soft pink or varnish of another light shade, white or any color varnish with which you will draw a strip on the tip of the nail, as well as a fixing varnish.