Mani/Pedi Tips & Tricks
Who does not love a good mani/pedi? I know I do, but the cost of
getting one done at the salon can add up fast. Check out my simple
DIY tips and get summer-ready nails right at home!
What You Need
* Non-acetone nail polish remover and Q-Tips
* Nail file
* Nail clippers
* Buffing block
* Sugar scrub to exfoliate
* Bowl or Sink
*Nail polish (base coat, color, and top coat), nail decals, etc.
* First, soak your hands/feet in a bowl or sink. Feel free to add
essential oils if desired. I like to add any citrus or flowery kind.
Then apply your favorite sugar scrub to remove dead skin and
exfoliate. Do not forget to rinse!
* Dry your hands/feet and apply your favorite lotion. I love to use
Burt’s Bees and EOS products. Be generous and take your
* File and shape! If your nails need a trim, snip them straight
across (don’t shape) with nail clippers. File nails into box shape
with rounded edges. A square shape with rounded edges is
practical, classic, and won’t catch or tear as easily as oval-
shaped nails. Always file your nails in the same direction; filing
back and forth will cause splits. Buff and shine your nails. A
double-sided emery board can perform a multitude of tasks,
from filing to shaping and buffing.
* Time to paint. Now depending on the polish you have chosen,
this step will differ. If you have chosen a regular nail polish,
start with a base coat, followed by a second coat, and finish with
a protective top coat. Use Q-tips and nail polish remover to
remove excess polish.
* Other fun things I love to do with my nails are the Jamberry
Nail wraps. They are so cute and easy to apply–no polish
needed! I also love the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel! Miracle Gel
Color gives you 14 days of supreme gel shine and durability
without led or UV light. Get creative and have fun with it!
* Sit back, relax and let your nails dry completely! Do not put the
time and effort in just to rush the ending.
I would love to see how you do your nails! Tweet me your
mani/pedi pics @MomsMagnificent! For more Tales, Tips, &
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