Get flawless talons in minutes with our easy step by step guide
There’s no doubt that washing, gardening, cleaning – all our many chores – can take their toll on our hands. But there’s no need to book a salon manicure when you can achieve a professional finish with the right products at home.
Before you begin your at home manicure make sure you remove all traces of any existing polish.
Deep red, browns and purples can be the most problematic to remove so if you tend to gravitate towards these colours reach for Bourjois Nail Polish Remover Hands & Feet, £5.99. Containing nourishing sweet almond oil and a super fast acting vanish remover, it wipes away polish in as little as 1 second.
All you have to do is dip your nails into the top of the pot and pull out to reveal completely clean nail bed. For toes dab the built in foam applicator across each toe (as to not ruin your manicure) and watch as the polish instantly dissolves before your very eyes.
We’re addicted and you will be too.
Filing your nails once a week will prevent them from breaking and help them grow. The nail bed is made up of several fine layers, so letting them grow continually means the weakened ends can start to separate, chip and split.
To keep yours in top tip condition pick up BarryM Nail File, 99p and round off into a subtle square or classic curved shape. Don’t be tempted to over file the sides as this will weaken the structure, instead just gently round the corners. The key to pulling off any colour, is to keep the nail bed short and neat. Simple.
Next on the agenda is conditioning your cuticles. Dip your fingertips in a pot of warm water mixed with oil – we love Jessica Phenomen Oil, £8.95. Drenched in nourishing vitamin E, and jojoba it heals the sore dehydrated skin that tends to build up around the nail bed. Soak for four to five minutes before thoroughly rinsing off.
Now that your cutlicles are soft, gently push them back with Superdrug Cuticle Sticks, 99p.
Finally use a base coat most suitable for your nails. For nails that need strengthening, classic OPI Nail Envy Strengthener, £18.55, is one of the best.
Next apply two thin coats of your chosen polish, leaving at least 90 seconds between each layer, and finish with a top coat to prevent smudging and add shine.
Our hands are one of the first places to age so remember to Invest in a hand cream containing SPF. This will protect them from harmful UV rays and keep your skin nourished and silky soft.