Here is a simple procedure for a manicure.
File nails when the white part of the nail tip has grown ¼” from the pink part of the nail, filing before that can weaken the nail. Filing from side to side can also weaken the nails, so be sure to from corner to the centre in one direction, and repeat for the other side.
Buffing nails gives them a shinier finish. Start at the cuticle, and work your way down to the tip with medium pressure. Continue lightly until all ridges on the nail surface have disappeared.
Make sure that nails are clean and dry, free of any oil or lotion, before applying polish. Also be sure to remove any old polish, as this hampers the finish.
Always use a base coat, and let it dry for at least a minute. This base coat helps to keep nail polish from chipping, and makes polish last longer. Apply two coats of polish. You should be able to cover the nail in three stokes, one on each side and then one in the middle.
Always allow your polish to dry thoroughly for several minutes before you apply the next coat. This will avoid the new coat from dragging on the surface of the previous coat and allow the next layer adhere better. Darker shades take longer to dry. Avoid fast drying nail polish, it doesn’t last as long.
Once your nail polish has dried, apply a clear Top Coat to seal it. Continue to apply the Top Coat daily to keep nails looking fresher longer. Remove with a nail polish remover that contains hydrating oils.
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