How To Do The Perfect Manicure

So it’s week 2 of Lookfantastic’s Bodycare campaign and this week is all about Hands & Feet. Showing you how to look after the hardest working parts of your body whilst making them look pretty too.

We’ve all been online and seen the hundreds of pictures of girls with the perfect manicure, not an imperfection in sight. But we wanted every girl to pull off this style and with out step by step guide you can.

Cuticle Care

The first step to complete is cuticle care, ensuring that skin is removed to give you the flattest and neatest base for your manicure.

Start off with the Pushy & Nail Cleaner Tool from Tweezerman, a double ended tool with a cuticle pusher at one end and a cleaner at the other. Simply push your cuticles back and off your nail, then remove them with the cleaner. This pain free and effortless method means you get an even and neat tidy up of your nails every time.

Tweezerman Pushy & Nail Cleaner Tool

To finish you should use a cuticle or or cream, this softens any skin left and nourishes your cuticles to leave them healthy again. Try this Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme that not only nourishes your fingers but leaves them smelling of juicy lemons.

Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme

Basic Steps

Clip – Making sure your nails are the perfect shape is essential before filing, this remove the excess nail and skin quickly without you having to sit there for hours filing. We recommend the Tweezerman Stork Scissors to get a precision cut and beautiful finish with every use.

Tweezerman Stork Scissors

File – With filing you always have to start with the roughest surface first and move onto a finer one after. The rougher surface sorts out any lumps and ridges you may have on your nails and the finer surface smooths and soften the nail ready for nail polish

Try the Jessica Professional Emery Boards to remove ridges and then move onto a glass file like the Nails Inc Glass Nail File to give you a smooth finish.

Jessica Professional Emery Boards - Normal Nails

Nails Inc. Glass Nail File

Base Coat – After filing it’s essential you apply a Base coat, this gives you a smooth and sleek start for your colour polish and ensure that your colour coat looks glossy and even. A favourite in the industry is the Nails Inc Kensington Caviar Base Coat, a nourishing nail polish that doesn’t allow the polish to stain or damage your nails.

Nails Inc. Kensington Caviar Base Coat Colour – Now’s the fun bit, pick your colour, whether it be a dazzling gold glitter or pretty pastel blue and paint away. Painting from the cuticle to the tip, applying firstly in the middle and working on each side to fill the edges. Find a wide range of beautiful nail colours here.

rainbow nails

Top Coat – This is the last stage to complete your manicure, simply apply a layer of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat to give your colour a protective layer from chipping as well as a glossy, high shine finish.

Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

If You’re A Nail Biter

Get those nails looking pretty again with Mavala Stop – Nail Biting Prevention, a horrible tasting formula that deters you from biting your nails.

Mavala Stop - Nail Biting Prevention

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