The ultimate guide to a better manicure
Up your nail game with these tips
This winter’s must-have accessory? A set of perfectly groomed hands that you’re proud to show off. Keep your digits looking fresh with a manicure that you can master in the comfort of your own home. All you need are the right tools and a handful of expert tips - read on for more.
Start with clean, dry hands, and remove any old nail polish with some remover. Then, tidy up your cuticles by gently pushing the skin back (Sally Hansen’s Push-N-Trim works well in this case), and nip any loose skin with some manicure scissors.
Buff to perfection
With the same tool, attach the buffing head and move it over the nail in light circular motions. This step is vital as it forms a smooth and even canvas for your nail polish to stick to.
Polish it up
Attach the shine head and work it over your nails in light, circular motions once again to leave them looking nice and shiny.
Paint it on
Apply two to three even and thin coats of your chosen shade. Allow each layer to be touch-dry in between to help prevent smudging.
Top it off
Finish your manicure with a top coat (like above) that’ll boost the shine and longevity of your hard work.
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Iantha is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty Editor, and has been part of the team since the site launched in 2016. Besides pinot noir, she has a healthy obsession with fake tan smell, wispy false lashes and CND Shellac in the shade Romantique. Her words and styling can also be found in previous issues of SHOP Til You Drop, Cosmopolitan and Women’s Health.