Quick and Easy at Home Manicure

Katie Campbell is a Health & Beauty Expert for Bestcovery.com where helps discover the best of everything. She owns over 50 different nail polishes and changes her color often. She is always on the quest to find the best fast drying nail polish because there’s nothing worse than sitting around watching paint dry.

A manicure can take 30 to 45 minutes if you have an appointment and don’t have to wait. They also can cost anywhere from $12 to $20 which is a regular expense many cannot spare. So what’s the solution? A quick and easy at home manicure. You still get your much needed “me time” and don’t have to spend money or time you don’t necessarily have.

Here’s how it’s done:

1.  Remove any old or chipped polish with a cotton ball. This includes that clear polish you almost chipped off two weeks ago, but never quite got around to.

2. If your nails need to be trimmed, cut them back carefully using nail clippers. Then file them into your favorite shape. Round is more traditional, but square is a more modern shape. You could also try a rounded square for a mix of both.

3. Soak your hands in warm soapy water for about five minutes. Not only will this feel great on your hard working hands, it gets your nails and cuticles ready to be whipped into shape. If you don’t have time to do this every time you do your nails, simply skip it every other time.

4. Gently push your cuticles back using a cuticle stick. In a pinch, you can even use a popsicle stick.

5. Using a hand scrub is a great way to work some extra pampering into your routine. If you don’t have one on hand, it’s easy to make one out of ingredients in your own kitchen. Take a combination of salt and olive oil for a refreshing salt scrub or use sugar instead of salt to sweeten your escape.

6. Dry your hands and apply your favorite cream. This will help lock in the effects of the scrub and soak and keep your hands feeling soft and wonderful.

7. Clean nails with a cotton ball dabbed in rubbing alcohol. This will clear any remaining residue from the soak, scrub or lotion. Apply a base coat, two thin layers of color, and a top coat. To speed up dry time, opt for a fast drying polish. Maybelline, Rimmel London, Sally Henson and Revlon all make quality quick dry polishes.

Choosing to get your manicure at home doesn’t just save you time and money – it gives you the chance to unwind in your own home. You’ll enjoy the shine of your lacquered nails and the additional time you get to spend with your family. You could even opt to make it a family activity. Mani-pedis aren’t just for gals these days. If nothing else, it’s a great way to get out of doing the dishes. No one wants to ruin a fresh manicure!

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  1. That is a great list to follow. I know my daughters would love to be pampered like that. I will have to check out the best fast drying nail polish. I have a two year old and you know how that goes :) I am always soooo thankful for fast drying nail polish.