A Perfect Manicure in 6 Steps

Complete any look with the perfect manicure that expresses your personality. Here are six easy steps for a manicure that shows your true colours.

Perfect Manicures 101

The perfect manicure doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. Doing your manicure at your own time means less time spent waiting at a salon and more time with family. With the perfect manicure, you can complete a clean and trendy look as your heart desires. A manicure in a hot colour or a subtle shade is a great way to take your ensemble to another level. Express yourself with nail polish colours that range from bold to neutral, from classic to contemporary. Want a quick twist to your go-to demure outfit for work? Ground your signature outfit with a neutral colour to take it from day to night. All you need is some time and the right colour for the right moment and you’re good to go.

Step 1: Remove your nail polish

This step seems like a no-brainer, but it’s important. Just like applying makeup to a clean face, you should apply nail polish to clean nails. If you’re already wearing nail polish, take a few minutes to remove your old colour. 

Step 2: Trim your nails

Using scissors or clippers, trim your nails to the desired length. Next, use an emery board or a nail file to shape your nails, and to make sure that there are no unwanted sharp edges before you move to the next steps. 

Step 3: Prep your cuticles

Use a moisturizing cuticle oil or cream with aloe and chamomile to help break down and remove cuticles, and condition your nails. If you’d rather not remove your cuticles, simply push them down. Next, use cuticle oil to nourish your nails and skin. Ingredients like Vitamin E and essential oils moisturize and condition cuticles while increasing nail flexibility, which helps reduce the chances of breakage.

Step 4: Apply a base coat

Base coats help to smooth the surface of your nail, protect your nail from the polish, and it also helps the polish to adhere smoothly. For the best possible manicure, always take time to apply a base coat.

Step 5: Apply colour

Once your base coat is completely dry, you can apply a coat of your favourite nail colour. Brush one coat of colour over the entire nail and allow it to dry. If you want a more opaque look, apply another coat.

Tip: For a quicker drying time, try indirectly misting your freshly coloured nails (at about 30 cm) with hair spray. 

Step 6: Finish with a top coat

Once your nails are completely dry, finish your manicure by using a top coat on each nail to seal your colour. This will help keep your manicure beautiful, and your colour shining. 

Tips for a Perfect Manicure:

• For a quicker drying time, lightly mist hairspray over your nails to help set your nail polish
• When planning an evening out with new nails, make sure to allot 45-60 minutes for proper drying and setting
• Beautiful nails pair nicely with beautiful hands, so keep your hands moisturized
• For healthy cuticles, apply cuticle oil every three to five days
• If your French manicure needs a quick touch up, French manicure pens are the way to go
• For nail emergencies, keep emery boards and nail clippers in your purse in case breaks or chips happen
• Use a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover to clean up any rough edges
This article is intended as general information. Always be sure to read and follow the label(s)/instruction(s) that accompany your product(s). Walmart will not be responsible for any injury or damage caused by this activity.



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