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What you need for a great polish

Going to the salon to have your nails done can get expensive! For today's budget-conscious individual, do-it-yourself manicures and pedicures are the way to go. This short guide to doing your own nails will give you the information you need to do your own manicures and pedicures at home while saving you money.

To begin with, you want to soak your hands and feet in a tub of warm water with a moisturizing body wash added. (A moisturizing wash is desirable because dry hands tend to crack and don't look pretty.)

Soak your hands and feet for 10 minutes. Next, obtain a cuticle stick and push down all of your cuticles. Doing this will make nails appear longer, and will allow the polish to go on more evenly. If you have hangnails, you may need to take a pair of cuticle scissors and trim ragged cuticles.

After the cuticles have been pushed down or trimmed, you need to get out the nail clippers and nail file to cut and shape the nails. When the nails are at the desired length and shape, the polish is ready to be applied.

It's highly recommended that you first apply a basecoat. Basecoats are essential because they prepare the nail for the polish and give the polish a base to cling to. A great basecoat to try is Bonder by Orly.

Now the polish can be applied. Make sure to move in slow, smooth strokes, starting in the middle and then moving to the sides of the nails. When dry, a second coat is needed to ensure an even finish.

When the second coat is dry, it's imperative that a topcoat be applied. The topcoat increases wearing time and makes for a shiny nail. The brand OPI has some great topcoats along with great nail colors. Once the topcoat has dried, your nails are ready to be admired!

The tools for a manicure and pedicure can be purchased at your local drug store or beauty supply store. Beauty supply stores tend to offer a better selection and have higher quality tools.

Now that your nails are done you can sit back, enjoy your handiwork and wait for the compliments to come!

By Irene Humble