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How to: At-Home Manicures & Pedicures

When it comes to looking and feeling good, almost nothing beats looking down at a fresh manicure and pedicure. Show yourself some self-care by throwing on a face mask and a binge-worthy series and let’s get a perfect manicure and pedicure in just five easy steps:

  1. Clean your nails. Would you apply foundation without washing your face first? Remove existing nail polish, oil, and dirt to make sure that we’re working with a completely blank canvas.

  2. Shape your nails. Clip your nails to your desired length and shape; then gently file away any harsh edges, toxic friends, and annoying exes.

  3. Apply a base coat. Just like how you’d put on a primer before your makeup, use a base coat on your nails for them to look like you got them done at a salon and to stay on just as long.

  4. Apply nail polish. After your base coat has dried, apply thin coats of nail polish down the middle and then down both sides of each nail. Let dry. Repeat once (or twice) more as needed.

  5. Apply a top coat. Now it’s time for your nails to shine with the help of a top coat for your last step. Wait for it to dry and you’re good to go.