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Hey, Beautiful. Today I will talk about How to do the home manicure at home.

When I was still working with my clients, they often asked me how to do a home manicure. That is why some of you are probably thinking the same question. So let’s go because knowing how to perform quality manicure at home is important for every woman.

What You Will Need?

If you don’t do your nails often, you probably do not have many pieces of equipment at home. But I do suggest that you buy some, and with proper care, you can have it for a very long time.

The first investment is bigger than you would like. But if you compare it with regular salon visits, home Mani pays off pretty quick.

For proper home Mani you will need:

  • Cotton pads
  • Lint-free nail wipes (optional)
  • Orangewood stick or metal cuticle pusher
  • Bowl with warm water and hand soap
  • Nail polish remover (acetone free)
  • Hand sanitizer (optional)
  • 1 small and 1 medium clean towel
  • Cuticle Oil
  • Hand cream
  • Base coat
  • Color nail polish (optional)
  • Top coat (optional)
  • Nail file (240 grit or 180 grit) (Check the article about best nail files for natural nails)
  • Buffer block (240 grit)

Take Your Time

Home Mani is great for relaxation. It is best to do it at the kitchen table (or table with kind of similar height). Set some relaxing music and you can start.

Preparing Everything

  1. Remove any old nail polish completely and wash your hands with warm water and hand soap.
  2. Put a large towel on the table.
  3. Pour hot water into the bowl with a little regular hand soap. (Let the water cool down in the next 5 to 10 minutes until it becomes warm and cozy when you will need it.)

The Shape of Your Nails

Start filing your nails in the desired shape (square, almond, round, etc.).


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You can do that with 180 grit nail file. File gently and slowly, and remember, always only in one direction. It is best that you file from the side of the nail to the center. Finish filing with the block file or the 240 grit nail file. Edges must be completely smooth.

The Cuticles and Moisturizing

Now take the cuticle oil, put in onto the cuticle area and firmly massage it into the skin. Doing this will moisturize your nails and cuticles. Then soak your nails in the bowl. Water should be nicely warm by now.

After 4 to 5 minutes, take your hands out and wipe them with a smaller clean towel. Now take the orange wood stick and wrap the small cotton ball around it and start pushing the cuticles back, away from the nail. This way you will not damage the cuticles. Never cut or tear the cuticles or hangnails. Really, never ever do that! The cuticle is there to protect you and your nail plate against bacteria.

Eponychium – In human anatomy, the eponychium, or cuticle, is the thickened layer of skin surrounding fingernails and toenails. It can also be called the medial or proximal nail fold. Its function is to protect the area between the nail and epidermis from exposure to bacteria.

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Tip for the easier application of Nail Polish

After you pushed back your cuticles, you can take the buffer block and very, very gently (as gently as you touch your lips with your fingers) buff ONLY on the place of nail plate where the old skin from the cuticle has remained. Do not buff the cuticles. And I know you will be tempted, but do not buff the whole nail, since there is no reason for doing that. All you will do with buffing the surface of your nails is that you will every time lower your nail plate a bit. And that will result as splitting and breaking your lovely nails.

So, once again: buff very gently only where the old skin remained, so your polish will run smoothly and will not end up in the cuticle area.

Apply the Base Coat

With small towel clean from your nails and hands of all the dust from filing and buffing. Apply first the base coat and let it dry.

Apply the Nail Polish

Start applying the nail polish in the upper middle of the nail. Then gently push the brush up against the nail skin and stop just before touching it, then pull it down to the end. Then, move the brush to the top of one side and apply the lacquer from top to bottom on one side and then the same on the other side.


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After a few minutes of drying first coat, apply second coat and finish with one pull from the first to the second edge. This way your polish will stay longer and it looks way more professional.

Apply the Top Coat

Wait approximately 10 minutes for nail polish to dry completely. Then apply top coat for protection and super shiny nails. Wait another few minutes (check product drying time) and then apply the cuticle oil again. Do not massage it because of risk damaging your nail polish, but just let it run on the cuticles itself. Later you can massage remains into the nails.

Relax Your Hands

Use good hand cream and massage it into your hands. I found only one video with a similar massage technique that has used to perform for my clients and I very well remember how they mumbled with pleasure 🙂

The nails of the lady in the video are not something I would show, and the quality of the video is like from the 80’… But the massage is just perfect for quick home pampering.

That is it.

A home manicure can be done in 20 minutes and I think every woman should take time for herself.

Home manicure is also a great opportunity to hang out with your mom, daughter, sister or a friend… To talk, relax and have fun.

I hope you learned something new. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in comments and I will be more than happy to help you out.

Take care! <3

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