How To Give Yourself a Natural Manicure

Natural Nails are “In!” In this article, we are going to show you how to dare to go bare. The naked truth about your nails isn’t so scary after all. Sometimes skipping the polish and opting for treatments that strengthen nails and relieve stress is the way to go.  I’ve incorporated my techniques into a treatment you can do in less than 20 minutes and feel like you just stepped out from the nail salon. Afterward, your nails will shine like they’ve been polished — minus the smudges and chips.

  1. Trim hangnails.

Using small nail scissors, clean up any ragged skin around the nail. Do not cut cuticles (the delicate area where the skin meets the nail), as they help protect the nail bed from infection.

  1. Soften rough skin.

Soak hands in a basin of warm whole milk for several minutes. The lactic acid in milk helps remove dead cells and soften cuticles; the natural fats help replenish dry skin.

  1. Push back cuticles.

Using an angle-tipped nail stick, gently push the cuticles back toward the base of the nail, clearing the nail surface for buffing.

  1. Shape nails.

Using a nail file, shape nails into squares with rounded corners, which makes them more resistant to cracks and tears. To avoid misshapen or split nails, file in one direction only — no sawing back and forth.

  1. Buff nails to a shine.

Using a smooth-surfaced buffing block or buffing disk (not a filing block, which will scuff nails), buff the entire surface of nails using a side-to-side motion.

  1. Moisturize and massage.

As a final step, rub hands with warm almond oil, avocado oil, or light olive oil, or apply an oil-rich hand and nail cream. Pay particular attention to the nail and cuticle areas.

The Right Stuff

All the tools you need to give yourself a quick and easy manicure are right here. Most are available at drugstores and beauty-supply stores, as well as online.

Small nail scissors

Whole milk

Angled nail stick

Nail file

Buffing block

Hand and nail cream or warm oil

Good Luck! Show us your newly buffed nails in the comments below.

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