How to Achieve the Perfect Nails?


Manicures can leave you feeling fresh and fashionable. But it’s so easy to ruin a good manicure and can mean a big waste of money. Here’s how to get the best of your manicure in some simple ways!

Preparation for your manicure

Take your time removing old nail polish. place the cotton round dipped in nail polish remover on the nail and wait for 5 seconds before removing – it will come off faster and easier!

Shaping the nail is the next step. The fingernails should be filed into oval tips. You should slant the file so that the filing is done mostly to the underside of the nail. File each fingernail from the corner to the centre, making sure to stroke in one direction only on each side of the nail.

Softening the cuticles is done by soaking the fingers in a small bowl filled with soapy water. Make sure to use a non-irritating soap. Carefully dry the hand by holding a small towel and place the hand on the towel. Dry the hand while simultaneously pushing back the cuticle and skin on each fingernail.

When using a cuticle remover, gently loosen the cuticle with an orangewood stick or cuticle pusher. Keep the cuticle moist while working. Wash gently and dry.

Clean under the free edge of the fingernail by dipping a cotton-tipped orangewood stick in soapy water and cleaning under the nail from the centre outward to each side.

Apply cuticle oil or cream at the base of the nail. Brush nails gently in soapy water with a downward motion. Dry hands and nails thoroughly. Next use a very fine emery board. Buff nails give them a smooth bevelled edge. Wipe nails to remove any particles of cuticle or dead skin.

Apply a base coat using long strokes. When the base coat is dry to a light touch apply polish.

 Apply polish lightly with strokes from the base to the tip. Excess polish on cuticle or nail can be easily removed with a cotton-tipped orangewood stick moistened with polish remover.

Apply a top or seal coat. Brushing the top or seal coat around and under the tips of the nail will give the nail added protection.

Things to avoid after your manicure

Scrubbing the bathroom

Scrubbing the bathroom is one of the things that will ruin your manicure. The chemicals in bathroom cleaners and the rough action of scrubbing will mean your nails become chipped and dry. Try opting for spring cleans before a manicure, or getting someone else to do the cleaning.

Using your nails

Nails can be very handy to use as a tool. Unfortunately, prying things apart and scraping will only damage your nails. Resist the urge to and your nails will last longer and look better.

Using a nail strengthener

Using a nail strengthener will make your natural nails healthier and in the long term can save you expensive acrylic sets when your natural nails are long and strong enough!

Staining foods

Avoid eating with your hands especially when it comes to staining foods such as turmeric, or hot sauce. This will leave your nails with a dull yellow or orange colour that will not flatter the nail.

Washing dishes

Having your hands in water a lot is hard on your manicure. Washing dishes is especially hard on them. This is probably because they’re soaking in soapy water that can cause your nail polish to weaken and chip. Use your dishwasher instead. If you have to wash your dishes by hand, wear gloves to protect your nails.


Hairspray is hard on your manicure. It can cause the nail polish to come off if enough of it gets on your nails. You can blame the alcohol content in hairspray for that. Try to keep your other hand out of the way when you’re spraying your hair. Use a comb to hold your hair in place while you spray instead. Your manicure will last a lot longer without hairspray hitting it.

Biting your nails

Biting your nails is instant ruin to your manicure. This can be a hard habit to break but you can do it. Many people have overcome this habit. There’s a lot of helpful information on how you can do this on the internet. One great benefit is that your nails and manicure will look much prettier.

By Ruelle Sittampalam