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Multicolored nails are our new favorite. That beautiful mustard color is the inspiration for this fall nail manicure.
What is an At Home Manicure?
I am a chronic polish changer. Even when I paid to have my nails done I would get bored within a few days and want to change them.
Typically I could convince myself to wait a full week before doing something new. I’m not a professional in any way but years of doing my own nails and my daughters nails I’ve learned a few things.
An at home manicure is exactly what it sounds like. Giving yourself a manicure at home. To do it right it won’t be done in 5 minutes.
Gather your supplies (I’m sharing my favorites below) and set aside a good half an hour or so for some pampering.
How to do a Fall Nail Manicure.
The first step to a great at home manicure is time, and a few supplies.
First clip nails to desired length and then file to smooth. It’s best for fingernails if you clip the majority of the nail and file minimally.
Soak your nails in warm water for at least 5 minutes. After soaking your nails apply cuticle remover to all cuticles.
Using an orange stick push cuticles back. After pushing cuticles back use a nail buffer to remove cuticles and smooth out any ridges.
Wash hands with soap and water. Dry thoroughly and gather your polish colors.
Let’s paint our nails!
A few tips for a “polished” at home manicure. Multiple light coats is better than one thick coat.
Light coats dry faster which will prevent bubbles from forming. Bubbles can develop even after your nails are dry to the touch if the layers are too thick. Thick layers can also cause dents and smudges.
A base coat can lengthen how long your manicure lasts. Make sure and cap your nails with the base coat, polish, and top coat to prevent chips.
Check out the full how-to below for more tips on a beautiful at home manicure.
- OPI Basecoat
- OPI Black Onyx
- Essie Wicked
- Essie Kaf-tan
- OPI Coconuts Over OPI
- OPI Lisbon Wants Moor OPI
- Essie Speed-Setter
- Bowl of warm water
- Cuticle Remover
- Cuticle Oil
- Fingernail File
- Fingernail Clippers
- Fingernail Buffer
- Cuticle Pusher
- Remove any old nail polish.
- Clip nails to desired length.
- File any edges that need smoothing.
- Soak nails in warm water for 5 minutes.
- Rub cuticle remover over cuticles.
- Using orange stick push cuticles back.
- Use pink buffer to remove cuticle residue still on nails and to smooth any ridges on nail surface.
- Wash hands with soap and water and dry.
- Apply 1 coat of base coat to each nail. Let dry.
- Apply desired color to each nail. My colors are
Thumb - Black Onyx
Pointer Finger - Wicked
Middle Finger - Kaf-tan
Ring Finger - Coconuts Over OPI
Pinky - Lisbon Wants Moor OPI
- Apply 2 light coats of each color allow to dry between coats.
- Apply 1 coat of Speed-setter top coat. Allow to dry.
- Apply cuticle oil to cuticles and the skin around the nail. Massage into skin and cuticles and allow to dry.
Rember it is healthier for your nails to clip nails and file minimally to smooth.
Apply polish first down the middle of the nail and then on either side.
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OPI Nail and Cuticle Oil, ProSpa Nail and Hand Manicure Essentials, 0.29 Fl Oz
Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover, 1 Fluid Ounce (Pack of 1)
Adecco LLC Orange Sticks for Nails,Wooden Cuticle Sticks, Manicure Sticks Pedicure Tool 110mm (50P)
4 Pcs Nail Clippers For Fingernails and Tonenail by QLL - Swing Out Nail Cleaner/File - Sharpest Stainless Steel Clipper - Wide Easy Press Lever - Best Quality Nail Cutter
GSHLLO 10 Pcs Colorful Nail Files and Buffers Nail Files Block Manicure Pedicure Tool Pink
12PCS Black Curved Nail Files Emery Boards EVA Double-Sided Polished Buffering Files Professional Washable Cosmetic Manicure Pedicure Tools Trimming Polished Buffering Files
OPI Nail Polish, Nail Lacquer, Lisbon Wants Moor, Pink Nail Polish, 0.5 Fl Oz
OPI Nail Lacquer, Coconuts Over OPI, 0.5 fl.oz.
essie nail polish, summer 2020 collection, nude nail polish with a cream finish, kaf-tan, 0.46 fl ounce
essie Nail Polish Glossy Shine Finish wicked 0.46 fl oz
OPI Nail Polish Base Coat, Natural Nail Polish Base Coat, 0.5 Fl Oz
essie speed.setter top coat, ultra fast dry top coat nail polish, 0.46 fl oz. (Packaging May Vary)
OPI Nail Polish, Nail Lacquer, Black Onyx, Black Nail Polish, 0.5 Fl Oz
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