With the change of weather now upon us, we are going to see a lot more of your hands and feet. No more closed shoes and socks and no more gloves and poor looking hands and nails.
After a long period of hibernation there are certain things we all need to get done before we are “summer ready.” Hair needs to be removed, feet and hands need to be pampered, and skin needs to be exfoliated. These are the beauty treatments you just have to get done before you go out and face the world this summer.
Now the time comes for slip slops, bright, beautiful colours and funky nail designs. People are going to be seeing those toes and heels whether we like it or not!
Why not get your hands and feet looking gorgeous and eye catching before you enter into summer?
For those ladies who seem to always find themselves at work or university 24-7, or those “on the go” moms rushing from school to the shops, and in general to all those who never have the time of day to pop in to the nearest beauty salon – this is for you:
My step-by-step at home mini manicure or pedicure advice, tips and tricks.
- Firstly, you need to decide what type of nail shape you prefer and ultimately what suits your hands and feet and what shape is best.
- Soak your hands or feet in warm, soapy water for about 5-10 minutes or longer, depending on how much free time you have to spoil yourself.
- If you have a body scrub, give yourself a hand or foot exfoliation by massaging the scrub in, using circular movements on the area.
- Once dried, use a nail file to file your nails to your desired shape, ensuring they are all the same length.
- If you own an orangewood stick you can carefully push back the cuticles. Note: Apply a small amount of cotton wool onto the tip of the orangewood stick so as to prevent damage to the cuticle.
- Wipe your nail bed with a piece of cotton wool that has been soaked in nail polish remover. This will remove any excess oils or soaps as this can cause peeling of the polish once applied.
- Take your bottle of nail polish and roll it between the palms of your hands. One trick is not to shake the nail polish bottle as it can cause air bubbles.
- Apply your base coat first, this protects the nail bed and prevents nail discolouration. Use thin layers and apply down the middle of the nail, then one on the left side and one on the right side of the nail bed.
After the base layer has dried, apply your colour using the same method.
Two coats of colour are best as it will stay on for longer.
Lastly, apply the top coat using the same method. This will provide maximum shine and protection.
- Once complete, run an orangewood stick or cotton bud, which must be dipped in nail polish remover, along either side of the nail to fix any mistakes.
Some extra tips:
If you suffer from dry cuticles, keep cuticle oil or cuticle cream in your bag at all times and apply them throughout the day.
A fresh repaint of a top coat onto your manicured or pedicured nails once or twice a week will prevent the nail polish from chipping.
Keep a pumice stone in the shower for regular exfoliation of the heels or use a foot file to keep dead skin away. Apply a thick cream to the feet and then wear socks to bed. This will cause the feet to perspire and hence the moisture will stay “locked in.”
There you have it. An “at home mini mani or pedi.”
There are no excuses to not have gorgeous looking hands and feet when you can attempt this mini mani or pedi in the comfort of your own home!