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DIY MANICURE

Spa at home...

STAY AT HOME
MARVELLOUS MANICURE
Making the most of 'me time'


Here’s another one from our friendly Alchemist Spa team! Whether you have more 'me time' on your hands than you ever wanted, or whether you are just looking to make the most of isolating and using your free time to catch up on your beauty routines while watching your favourite movie, we have some expert tips to help you DIY those fingernails.


YOU WILL NEED...

Base coat primer
Colour varnish
Top coat finisher
Oil (even cooking oil will do!)
Nail varnish remover & a cotton pad
Orange stick (for cuticles)
Nail file

Let's get started...
STEP ONE
File away

File your nails, remembering that to get the smoothest, fray-free finish you should file from the side of your nail to the center in one direction, lifting the file away from the nail, and returning to the starting point where your skin and nail connect. Repeat this until you've achieve your desired shape. 

STEP TWO
Moisturise those cuticles!


Moisturise those cuticles! Anything oily will do - even cooking oil! Once softened, gently push back to create a neat nail bed. You can do this using the usual tool of coice - an orange stick - or if you don't have one of these, a lolly stick is a good substitute.

STEP THREE
Clean & clear

Wipe the nail bed clean using a little nail varnish remover.

STEP FOUR
Base coat


Apply base coat.

It might take you some extra time, but base coat gives the colored polish something to adhere to, making your manicure last a couple of extra days longer. It also prevents staining on your nails from pigmented paint.

STEP FIVE
Varnish


Apply two coats of colour - why not go for something bright and cheerful to suit the beautiful spring weather and lift your spirits? Remember: less is more! Each coat probably only requires three strokes to cover the whole nail. It's best to leave 2 minutes between each coat - base, varnish and finally top coat.

STEP SIX
Top coat

Applying a top coat is the easiest way to avoid chips. Apply gently and slowly, taking it right to the tip of your nail for maximum protection.

STEP SEVEN
Relax...

Leave to dry for up to an hour, and voilà!

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