How to Manicure at Home Giving yourself a home manicure is a great way of saving money. Manicures are treatments that really require regular, even weekly, updating which adds up to a lot of cost. But most women see it as an essential part of their grooming and look so are not willing to sacrifice their perfectly coiffed nails in order to save the pennies. But there is a compromise in the form of home manicures. By doing it yourself, you get the nails you want while also saving money – the perfect solution! The Initial Problems with a Home Manicure Nail treatments and colours demand a steady hand, the right equipment and more than anything, practise. Home manicures are not something you will be immediately good at upon your first try. It’s hard enough to master the art on someone else let alone doing it to your own hands. There is also the issue of one hand being more dextrous than the other so practise and persistence is certainly required but will pay off in the end. The Basic Components of a Home Manicure To begin, you will need a nail buffer, emery board, cuticle sticks, cuticle lotion, nail varnish remover, cotton wool pads, nail varnish colours – whichever you please, and a bowl of warm water. A clean and even workspace that you are comfortable in, and from which you can easily access all the products that you need, is also essential. Remove any old nail varnish residue with the cotton pad and nail varnish remover. Using an emery board, sand down each nail in a smooth curve and use the buffer to smooth the nail surfaces. Immerse your hands in the bowl of warm water to soften the cuticles and then push them down or remove them completely. This encourages nail growth and also makes for a neater surface. The Finishing Touches Once the grooming process is over, then you can decide if you want to colour your nails. There are so many great options to choose from depending on your taste – a French polish, white tips, completely neutral, bright and neon or even the new stick-on extras that are on trend at the moment. Applying the colour can be tricky, particularly if it is a strong colour but again, this comes with practise. Steady your hand as much as possible and ensure that your hand is over a towel or cloth so that any fallen drops are neatly collected. If more than one coat is needed, ensure that the first coast is completely dry first, as applying a new layer on a damp one can result in clumping and uneven coverage.