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These DIY Manicure Tips From Professional Nail Artists Will Make You Forget About Your Favorite Salon
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So, you’ll be giving yourself a DIY manicure for your at-home wedding in quarantine while you await a postponed affair. We know it’s not ideal, but here’s the good news: We talked to professional nail artists to help you pull off a near-professional bridal manicure at home. From start to finish, their techniques and product recommendations will make it possible to achieve beautiful wedding nails you won’t want to hide behind your bouquet. In fact, you’ll be proud to show ‘em off, especially once your new wedding ring is placed upon your finger.
DIY Manicure Tools
- French Girl Organics Nail and Cuticle Oil, $22
- Nail Polish Remover + Hand Cleanser Cloth, $29
- French Tip Kit, $40
- Nail Art Stickers, $7.50
- Recovery Foot Soak, $12
- Stainless Steel Fingernail Clipper, $7
- Cuticle Pusher/Remover, $11
- Base and Top Coat, $24
Silva Nahabedian, director of education for nail-care company Dazzle Dry, advises brides that the very first step of a DIY manicure is having clean hands. (Good thing you’re already washing yours like crazy in this current environment!)
The next step, Nahabedian tells MyWedding, is to take off any traces of your last manicure. “Remove polish with an acetone or non-acetone polish remover,” she says. “To prevent the color from bleeding all over the fingers, saturate a cotton round and allow it to sit on the nail for a few seconds. Then, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle and pull. Rotate the cotton round to find a clean spot for every nail until you have completely removed all remnants of old polish.”
After that comes filing and pushing back those cuticles. Nahabedian says it’s important to soak your nails before using an orangewood stick or other cuticle pusher — and if you’ve still got some traces of old polish, an orangewood stick wrapped with cotton is also a handy tool for removing it from the skin, just like how they do it at salons. To maintain your DIY manicure after you say “I do,” Nahabedian recommends applying a base and top coat every third day.
Read on for more step-by-step instructions and the products to pull one off an impressive DIY manicure at home.
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