Ways To Make A DIY Mani-Pedi Look Professional

August 2, 2016  |  
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When you have mani/pedi obsessions and just have to keep your nails on point, your favorite salon might as well be your second home. But busy schedules don’t always have space for changing your color every week and getting your cuticles cleaned up by a professional.

Even if glossy coats and sugar-scrubbed calves are your passion, there are ways to give yourself sufficient manicures and pedicures at home that don’t have to look like they were done at home. Whether you’ve been doing your nails on your living room floor for years, or just need color in a pinch, you might be surprised at some of these tips that are sure to cut down your nail salon time, and in turn, cut down on how much you’re spending to have tidy talons.

Spend a weekend or two trying these tricks and techniques and you might even fool your regular technician into thinking you’ve been seeing someone on the side.

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Gel Coats

They’re the key to making your manis and pedis last for weeks. And you don’t actually need a UV lamp with this DIY method.

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Start with Remover

Wipe your nails down thoroughly before doing anything else to remove the oil and dirt that can make your polish peel sooner.

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Take Care of Your Cuticles

The best way is with a long soak (three minutes for your hands, five for your feet). It makes your cuticles soft and easy to push back, ensuring that your nail bed will be clean and smooth. But put the cuticle scissors away. Cutting them at home is a big no no.

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Try Nail Polish Thinner

Is your favorite color getting thick and clumpy? To make matters worse, has sale of new bottles been discontinued? Bring it back to life with nail polish thinner. A few drops will go a long way – and won’t make the problem worse like nail polish remover can.

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Find the Light

It seems like an easy hack, but there is a good reason pros work under the light. You’ll spot problems and be more accurate. Sit at a desk under good lighting and you will be in the best position to put in major work.

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Apply Two Base Coats

One on your entire nail, and another on just the tip. It will prevent chipping and make your manicure last longer.

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Master the Three Stroke Technique

Getting nail polish on in just three strokes is every nail tech’s key to a smooth polish application every time.

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Start White

Need to make your color pop? Start with a white or opaque nude polish. The next layer of polish will pop even if it’s a thin formula.

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File in One Direction

Filing back and forth can tear your nail tips up and leave them brittle and jagged. Instead, file in smooth strokes in a single direction to prevent chipping and protect your nails.

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Go For Glitter

If you want a DIY job that lasts as long as a professional one, go for glitter polish. It stays put longer than any other kind.

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Invest in the Right Tools

A good manicure kit will help you get the job done quickly, prevent chipping and keep your cuticles in line.

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Don’t Skip the Cuticle Oil

It gives your hands and feet the hydrated look they have after you leave the salon. Put them over dry nails and you will have a protective layer. Even if you brush your hands against something it’s more likely to slip off than to stick and nick.

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Relax

When you’re doing your manicure at home, it’s tempting to do too much too soon. Painting your nails should be a relaxing process. Have your Netflix marathon already on and sit through an episode of something before you touch anything and get to applying coats.

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Try Tin Foil

You know your mani/pedi is professional grade when you have trouble getting it off. To get the job done, soak cotton pads in remover and then keep them in place on your nails with tin foil or cling wrap to keep them from drying out. Just a minute or so of this soak will remove even glitter polish faster.

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