Manicurist Jocelyn Petroni answers our top nail questions

Get a perfect mani at home with our expert’s DIY tips

Beauty Writer New Idea and WHO Executive Beauty Editor / May 25 2017

Always front row and centre, your mani should be on point every day of the week. To help you get well-groomed hands and nails at home, we asked celebrity manicurist Jocelyn Petroni to answer our top questions for how to get a perfect DIY manicure.

What do we keep forgetting?

Most people don’t soak during their DIY mani. Soaking fingers in a bowl of warm, soapy water after filing makes every other part of your at-home manicure easier, as soft cuticles will push back efficiently, and cleaning under the nail plate will be quicker. You can even soak them in the bath, which makes the perfect location for a manicure!

Three good nail habits to adopt

Keep cuticle oil on your bedside table and massage it in before you go to sleep. For brittle nails, upgrade your cuticle oil to a keratin treatment, such as CND RescueRXx, which visibly strengthens and repairs nails. Finally, treat yourself to a monthly manicure and maintain the results yourself at home.

How do we make our mani last longer?

After a manicure, reapply the top coat every day to make your polish last twice as long.

What are the must-have hues right now?

Bold, beautiful, sophisticated colours. Ferrari red, blush-pink nude and deep rose, worn on short, neat nails and removed as soon as the polish chips.

Toolkit: Clarins Super Restorative Hand CreamManicare Cuticle StickCrabtree & Evelyn Pear & Pink Magnolia Hand Primer

Clarins Super Restorative Hand Cream

Manicare Cuticle Stick

Crabtree & Evelyn Pear & Pink Magnolia Hand Primer

CND RescueRXx

Sally Hansen Mega Shine Extended Wear Top Coat

OPI Nail Polish in Bubble Bath

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Adriana has been writing about the beauty world for more than 15 fun-filled years and has a real passion for helping women navigate gracefully through those tricky 45+ years.