Sunday, November 7, 2010

Perfecting Nails

Manicure #1 Make sure all of your nail polish is removed. #2 File your nails and soak them in warm, soapy water for a few minutes. #3 Dry your hands with a soft towel and rub hand lotion in. #4 Wash hands lightly with water afterwards and push your cuticles back gently using an orange wood stick. #5 However, never cut your cuticles because this can lead to infection or damage. #5  Apply a base coat first- this will protect your nail. #6 Then pick out a shade of polish and use 3 strokes to coat each nail. #7 Let dry and end with a top coat- this will keep your polish on longer and reduce chipping. Make sure nails are fully dry before handling anything.

Pedicure #1 Remove old polish with remover using cotton pads before starting. #2 However, don't use cotton balls (this will leave traces of cotton on your nails and be very clumpy and sticky once you start painting them). #3 Use large nail clippers and cut so your nails don't extend over the tip of your toe. #4 File around the corners of the nails in one direction with an emery board for a soft, square shape. #5 Get a large flat-bottom bowl to be your foot bath and fill it with warm water. #6 Add bath salts or aromatherapy oils to the bath and let your feet soak for a few minutes. #7 Add about a quarter cup of milk to warm water (lactic acid in the milk loosens dead skin).

Ped Egg

#8 Trim loose skin with a cuticle nipper (make sure not to cut your toe). #9 Rub the dead skin on the heels of your feet off with a foot file (such as a Ped Egg). #10 Dry feet with a towel and apply foot cream. #11 Use remover to get rid of extra oils on your feet. Pick out your favorite color and complete steps 6 and 7 in the above paragraph.  


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