Nail Care

How to Achieve A Nail Salon Manicure At Home

Achieving a nail salon manicure at home is fairly simple and less expensive. Sometimes, we don’t have the time or money to go and get our nails done every week.
I’ll teach you how to maintain healthy nails at home with items you already have, or only costs a few bucks to get.

What You’ll Need For A Manicure

  • Nail polish remover
  • Cotton balls or cotton pads
  • Nail filer
  • Nail clippers
  • Nail buffer
  • Nail brush
  • Foil (if you have gel, glitter, or acrylic nails on)
  • Cuticle oil (chap stick works well too but cuticle oil works best)
  • Cuticle nipper
  • Cuticle pusher/orange stick
  • Hand cream or baby oil cream
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Baking soda
  • Sugar scrub (optional)
  • Small bowl (big enough to fit hands) filled with warm water
  • Small bowl (big enough to fit hands) left empty

I know it seems like a lot items but trust me each have a purpose and is very important in achieving a perfect manicure.

And Now For The Fun Part; How To Give Yourself A Manicure At Home

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It may look hard but it’s fairly easy it just requires a reasonable amount if time.

Start With A Nail Soak

Sometimes the chemicals founded in nail polish may cause stains on nails. It’s an unsightly view, however a soak made from hydrogen peroxide and baking soda works well to remove stains. First remove your old nail polish, file and buff out your nails.

Find out which nail shape fits you best..

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1.) Mix 1/2 cup of hot water, 1 tsp of hydrogen peroxide and 1 tbsp. of baking soda in a small plastic bowl. Stir with a spoon until the baking soda powder dissolves.
2.) Dip your nails into the solution and let it soak for 10 minutes or until stains are removed.
3.)Wash your hands with soap and water when done

You can learn about four different nail soaks by reading the post Home Made Nail Soaks to Get Rid of Stains

How to Remove Gel, Acrylic or Glitter Nails

If you have gel, acrylic or glitter nails on and would like to remove them just simple soak cotton balls, or cotton rounds in acetone and place them on each nail. Then, take foil and wrap it around your finger keeping the cotton on top of the nail. Leave the foil and cotton on for at least ten to fifteen minutes, then remove. You can also take a nail scraper, or orange stick to remove the remains.

You may then proceed with a nail soak.

Preparing Your Hands

Preparing your hands is the most important part in performing a manicure. You can’t just go straight off into painting your nails without doing the proper steps.

I mean, you could but your hands will not be satisfied.

You will need to take a bowl big enough to fit your hands in and fill it up with very warm water. Be careful to not make it too hot that you’ll get a second degree burn however warm enough to soften the skin around your nails.

Before placing your hands into the bowl first remove the nail polish (if you haven’t already done so) and file and buff your nails (that’s if you decided to skip the soak part.). Be sure that you are filing your nails in one direction instead of causing friction by going side to side. This will keep your nails from getting weak and brittle.

To learn more about how to take care of your nails read the post Strengthen Your Weak, Brittle Nails.

It’ll take a while for the skin around the nails to soften up however, in the mean time you can take a nail brush and brush your nails thoroughly  remove any bacteria build up under your nails.

And maybe watch a rerun of Friends on Netflix…

During this step I like to go in with a sugar scrub, any scrub will do, to exfoliate my hands and get rid of any dead skin.

Performing The Manicure

When the skin around the nail softens: dry your hands, take a cuticle oil and apply it on your cuticles.

If you need help distinguishing the different parts of your nail take a look at this diagram.

nail chart

Using a cuticle pusher, or orange stick, gently push them back but do not force them. Then take the cuticle nipper and nip off the hard/softened part that surrounds the nail.


When you have finished the process rinse your hands and towel dry them.

You can also apply hand cream or baby oil cream when done.

Paint Your Nails

If you wish to paint your nails make sure you have: a base coat, the nail color you wish to paint them, and a top coat.

Do not place the nail color directly onto your nails without applying a top coat first. This is the mistake I see many females doing. If you apply the nail color without first applying a base coat the chemicals in the nail polish will sink in your nail causing staining and will weaken them.

Apply your base coat first then proceed to paint your nails in your preferred color.

If you seek a lighter shade than what you see in the bottle of your nail color then apply only one single coat. If you seek the same shade as you see in the bottle of your nail color than apply a second coat allowing time between them to dry.

Apply a top coat  and allow to dry.

If you’re not that good at painting your own nails here’s some tips that may help you.

  • Paint one hand at a time.
  • Apply glue on the outer perimeter of your nail.
  • First, start of with a dot in the center of your nail, push upward then smoothen downward.
  • Use a cotton swab and nail polish remover to clean up the edges.
  • Apply tape on the outer perimeter of your nails.

I hoped this helped! ❤

Stay royal. xxx


How to Achieve A Nail Salon Manicure At Home

Achieving a pedicure at home is fairly simple and less expensive than going out to get one. Sometimes, we don’t have the time or money to go and get our nails/feet done every week.
I’ll teach you how to maintain healthy nails at home with items you already have, or only costs a few bucks to get.



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