DIY At-Home Mani

Nails. One of the first impressions you make on a person as it say so much about you – the colour, length, condition of your nails, the state of your cuticles, etc. That’s why taking good care of them is very important in my books. After all you don’t want people to stare at them for the wrong reasons. I’m very lucky that I have strong, long and fast-growing nails, despite having damaged them with many chemicals over the years thanks mum – and that’s why I can appreciate a good manicure. With a hectic lifestyle as mine, spending an hour on nails is just not an option. The products mentioned below just make a short (yet very effective) DIY home-mani possible without breaking the bank. 

My cuticles tend to be very dry, because of the excess use of nail polish (remover). Once I week I grab Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover to quickly get rid of the ‘excess’ cuticles and push them back with a cuticle push thing-y. I use one that’s on the cap of another polish, but they sell these separate as well (in plastic or wood). If needed I’ll touch up with a nail clipper to make sure there’s no loose skin – be very careful if you do this step, as you don’t want bleeding cuticles. As they are quite dry after this treatment, I use Viridian Organic Nail & Cuticle Oil* to nourish the nails and cuticles. A tiny drop will do, as a little goes a very long way. You’ll immediately see its effect and it will keep my cuticles looking fab for at least a week. It smells like lemon grass and is absorbed very quickly – apply daily to improve your nail appearance, condition and growth. While I’m waiting for the oil to sink in, I use a nail file to shape my nails. Once that’s done, I’ll seal off the base with Essie Protein Base Coat to protect the nails and prevent staining them when I decide to wear nail polish. It also creates an even ‘canvas’ and makes the polish very easy to apply.

If you’re not brave enough to rock the naked nails look, add your choice of nail polish to give your outfit that extra glam. My pick is Essie Topless & Barefoot – a gorgeous nude/taupe-y shade, which is very flattering for many skin tones. To seal it all off, I use one layer of Sêche Vite Top Coat (which smells horrendous by the way) to ensure a lasting finish. Let it all dry before you’ll have to touch anything with your hands and your DIY home-mani is done. Simples.

Would you consider doing a DIY home-mani?