How To Do French Manicure And Pedicure At Home
Your hands and feet are reflection of yourself and well groomed feet and hands contribute a lot to your overall appearances. We all pay attention to our face; scrubbing, cleaning, toning, moisturizing, and what not. But, we often forget that the rest of our body needs pampering too and taking care of them always takes a backseat.
So taking care of nails is very important, and with that if you want to look chic and polished, then nothing can beat the beauty of classic French manicure. So today I’ll be sharing a post on how to do french manicure at home. It is very easy and I am sure you will love it.
Things you’ll need:-
- Cotton balls
- Nail polish remover
- Nail cutter/Nail filer
- Sea salt
- Warm water
- Nail cleaning brush/Any normal toothbrush
- Cuticle pusher
- Nail buffer
- Oil/Moisturiser and a thick cream
- Nail polishes ( a clear/pale pink base coat, a white nail polish and a clear top coat)
- Soak a cotton ball in acetone free nail polish remover and take off any old nail polish by wiping nails with it.
- Take warm water in a tub and add 3-4 spoons of shampoo and the sea-salt in it. Soak your feet for 10-15 minutes in the solution.
- For hands, follow the same process and keep the bowl of solution in front of you on a table. You can dip your hands on the same solution as your feet, but I avoid it because feet are generally dirtier and contain more germs as compared to hands. Moreover, by keeping a separate bowl for manicure in front of me, I don’t have to slope or bend down for dipping my hands into the pedicure tub.
- Exfoliate and remove all the dead skin cells by scrubbing hands and feet using a few blobs of body scrub on a loofah. You can use pumice stone on your feet. Don’t be too harsh.
- Use a medium toothbrush to clean the nails and if possible run an angular nail cleaner under the tip of each nail to remove any dirt.
- Rinse with warm water.
- Pat hands and feet dry with a towel.
- Cut your nails using a nail cutter and give it your desired shape and size.
- Use a cuticle pusher to scrunch and push the cuticles backward.
- Time to buff your nails. Use a good nail buffer, I prefer Revlon’s crazily shine nail buffer for this. It works magic.
- Dust off your nails.
- Take a thick cream/lotion or oil and massage well until your skin fully absorbs the product. I use almond and olive oil mixed with a few drops of essential oil of my choice and massage my hands and feet with it.
- For nails, I prefer a thick cream and I choose Boroline always. Gently massage the cream into the nail bed.
- Wait for a few minutes till the creams get absorbed completely.
- Time to apply the base coat to each toenail and fingernail. It can be a clear nail polish or a pale pearly pink. Start painting from cuticle to tip with vertical strokes. Allow the base to dry thoroughly and apply a second coat.
- Wait till the second coat dries completely. Now paint the nail tips with white nail polish. The white crescents should be neatly done.
- Now apply a clear top coat to protect the look of your freshly painted nails. Using a top coat will help the manicure last longer too.
- And you are done.
You can add different designs to your French manicure as well. If you don’t want to stick to classic white crescents, you can experiment with different colors of your choice. Experiment and let us know… ☺
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