I love painting my nails and it’s a rare sight if you ever see them bare. Like many other girls, I love to get my nails done professionally but sometimes my money just doesn’t stretch that far. With that in mind, I’ve been trying to master the perfect DIY mani. Today I’m sharing some of my top tips for a long-lasting, low maintenance manicure from the comfort of your own home.
Less prone to snap and a hell of a lot easier to maintain, square nails are great if you want to achieve even-looking nails without a professional on hand.
Never forget the base coat
One thing I will never leave out during application is a base coat. I swear by Rimmel’s Nail Nurse which can be used as a base and a top coat. Use to strengthen your nails and prevent them from staining.
Invest in decent nail brands
Rimmel and Barry M are my favourite brands for nail colour (specifically the Salon Pro and the Gelly range). The majority of the colours that I have bought from these brands apply seamlessly and give good coverage. Usually the lighter the shade, the trickier it is to achieve an even, opaque finish so pick wisely when you’re choosing your colours.
Use a cotton bud to tidy up
Cotton buds are a lifesaver for tiding up your nails and making them look more professional. You could be the messiest nail varnish applier ever and a cotton bud would still be able to swoop in and save the day! We’re all a little unsteady with our bad hands so once you’ve finished painting your nails in your favourite shade, dip the end of a cotton bud into some nail varnish remover and carefully wipe around the edges. Use the dry side of the cotton bud to give stubborn nail varnish a gentle nudge.
Be patient, don’t rush!
It’s not often we can set aside a full hour to sit down and paint our nails but if you want a decent, manicure that’s going to see you through the weekend, making time is a must. As tempting as it can be to nip to the kitchen to get some food whilst you nails dry or to pop to the loo, DON’T DO IT! If I had a £1 for every time I had been too eager and caught my nails on something, I would be able to afford a proper manicure on a weekly basis! Wait until they are touch dry and then give them an extra 20 minutes to dry completely.
What are your top tips for a DIY mani?