We all wish we had the time and money to make weekly trips to the spa for a fresh set of nails, but since a professional manicure isn’t always attainable, we think you should turn it into a treat you can give yourself at home. If you’re new to do-it-yourself nails, maybe pump the brakes on those crazy nail art ideas for now. We’re sure you’ll eventually master lots of designs that definitely aren’t just indistinguishable blobs, but to begin with, let’s master two coats of color.
Step 1: Always file first. For a professional-style manicure, you’re going to be doing some hand-soaking, so you always want to get your nail filing done first since filing wet nails can lead to serious. File your nails into short half-crescents that mirror the shape of your cuticles.
Step 2: Lotion and soak. Coat your hands with a hand cream, and then soak your nails in warm, soapy water for about five minutes.
Step 3: Get those cuticles looking cute. Push back your cuticles with a wet nail stone so your nails have that pleasant oval shape. Don’t trim your cuticles unless you have a hangnail.
Step 4: Base coat. Don’t skip this step. A quick base coat application is the difference between a professional-style manicure, and what you used to do to your nails in grade nine.
Step 5: Two coats of color. Once your base coat is dry, you can get to the good stuff. Apply a thin layer of nail polish using three strokes per nail: one on the right side of the nail, one on the left, and one across the tip to prevent chipping. Let that dry, and then repeat.
Step 6: Top coat. There’s no point in spending so much time on your nails only to have them looking like a mess the next day. Protect your work with a good clear top coat.
Step 7: Maintain your mitts. The true key to gorgeous nails is gorgeous hands. Gold Elements offers a Golden Nail Kit that contains a cuticle oil for easy nail shaping, a file and buffing block, and a hand cream that protects and soothes the delicate skin of your hands.