When going to the salon isn’t the safest option or if you’re just trying to save some cash – it’s time to start doing your nails at home! There’s nothing quite as relaxing as a self-care evening at home doing your nails. However, there are lots of things that can go wrong when attempting to DIY nails at home without proper knowledge. You could end up with smudged, chipped or warped nails which you definitely do NOT want. However, with proper practice and method, it’s totally possible to have picture-perfect nails done at home. Follow our tips below for nails that everyone will be complimenting!
If you’ve been to a salon, you’ll know exactly how long your manicurist spends on prepping your nails and you should do the same! Start with washing your hands and then using a nail polish remover to remove all previously used polish.
Filing and buffing are very important steps in achieving professional-looking nails at home. However, it’s important to file gently to avoid any damage to your nails. Use a tried and trusted product like the essence multi-layer file. This multi-layer file is ideal for normal nails that need a new shape. One side shortens the length, the other side files them into perfect shape. It’s also a very cost-effective option. If the surface has worn down, simply remove the first layer of the file and continue working with one of the three replacement surfaces!
If you have sensitive nails then try the essence anti split file which is extremely gentle on the nails. It even gets very thin and brittle nails into perfect shape. Finally, buff the sides and tops of your nails with a nail buffer – this assists brightening your nails for an even polish application.
Once filed and buffed, you need to focus on your cuticles. Prep your cuticles with cuticle remover and then push back gently with a cuticle stick. The essence manicure sticks are classic rosewood sticks. We recommend gently pushing back your cuticles with the slanted edge of the rosewood stick. The pointed side can be used as an additional step for cleaning your nails.
Another great option is the essence nail cuticle remover pen. With the nail cuticle remover pen, every cuticle can be removed easily and effectively. The tip of the pen removes it in a gentle but effective way. A super pleasant tool for perfectly manicured nails.
It’s important to moisturize at this step to avoid smudging your nails at a later stage. Use a good quality oil like the CATRICE nail oil. The oil can help improve the health and appearance of your nail. Also, use this opportunity to give yourself a nice hand massage as you’d receive at a salon. In the end, quickly swipe each nail with nail polish remover to avoid any residues of oil.
Applying a basecoat when doing your nails at home is important as this hydrates your nails and protects them from chipping. The essence all in one care base and topcoat multi-talent smooths the surface of nails and also takes out any unevenness which makes it a great base.
Now for the exciting part! It’s time to apply the first layer of colour to your nails. The colour of choice is completely up to you. Just make sure that the quality and finish of the polish is what you’re looking for. Some of our faves are:
A nail polish that makes it easy to have a salon manicure at home! essence shine last & go! gives you gel-like shine & vibrant colour that lasts. The formula of the shine last & go gel nail polish is quick to dry which minimises smudging!
The ICONAILS Gel Lacquer with a focus on “RED” ensures that you’ll find the ideal colour for your personal skin type. From warm to cool to neutral, there’s a suitable red to flatter every skin type.
The five softly shimmering nude shades of this nail polish ensure absolutely trendy nails. They are suitable for every skin type, visibly brighten the nails, are easy to apply and they’re also vegan. The finish is sheer so that the colour of the natural nail still shines through a little.
After waiting for a full 2 minutes after your first coat application, apply a second coat of nail polish. Pastel or sheer tones may require a third coat.
Don’t be tempted to skip this part. A topcoat protects your nails from chipping and adds shine. Be very careful when applying your topcoat though. The essence all in one care base and topcoat multi-talent has a nutritional formula with grape seed oil which makes it perfect as a topcoat. It also ensures high gloss and prolonged colour durability. You can also get creative with nail stickers at this point. essence nail stickers allow you to conjure-up cool designs on your nails.
It’s time to clean up any mistakes you may have made. Simply use the essence nail polish corrector pen, the corrector pen removes even the smallest painting error and the pen also comes with three replacement tips.
TADA! Perfect at home nails thanks to essence and CATRICE!