Appearance is everything when you work at RI Dolls gentleman’s club. You should spend just as much time on your fingernails as you do your skin and hair. But getting a professional manicure every week or two can get pretty expensive. Instead, purchase a few inexpensive supplies at the pharmacy or department store and give yourself a manicure at home. Here’s how you do it:
- Cotton swabs
- Cotton balls
- Nail brush
- Nail file
- Nail clipper
- Hand lotion
- Cuticle cream
- Orangewood stick
- Nail polish remover
- Nail strengthening polish
- Nail polish
- Small bowl
- Salt and/or sugar
- Warm water
- Gentle soap
- Clean, dry towel
- Your favorite chick flick
Step 1: Get prepared.
First, change into something comfortable and start your favorite chick flick. I recommend “16 Candles.” Then, gather all your manicure tools and supplies. Now it’s time to really get started. Use a cotton ball or cotton swab and nail polish remover to remove any nail polish currently on your fingernails.
Step 2: File your nails.
Take your nail file and use it to shape your all your finger nails. There are 4 basic nail shapes: oval, square, round, and pointed. Oval-shaped nails look great on most people. Pointy nails are trendy right now. Oval and square nails are classic and never go out of style. Start filing from one side of your nail to the center. Then file the other side to the center. Make sure you don’t slide the file back and forth over the end of your nail because it will weaken it. Also, don’t over file the sides of your nails because it will lead to breaking.
Step 3: Soak your hands.
Fill up a small bowl with warm and soapy water, then place your hands into the water and let them soak for about 10 minutes.
Step 4: Exfoliate your hands.
Use a nail brush to remove any dirt and dead skin. Then, for a deeper exfoliation, pour a couple tablespoons of salt and/or sugar into the palm of your soapy hands and rub them together. Make sure you rub both sides of your hands and around your nails. Do this for about 2 or 3 minutes, and then rinse the soap and salt off. This will remove old and dry skin cells and leave your hands feeling soft and smooth.
Step 5: Dry your hands.
Take a clean, dry towel and dry off your hands thoroughly. Use the edge of the towel to rub the cuticle of each finger.
Step 6: Push back your cuticles.
Take an orangewood stick and gently push back the cuticle on your pointer finger. If the cuticle doesn’t easily move, apply a cuticle cream or lotion to soften the skin. Don’t cut your cuticles because it will hurt, and you can get an infection. If you have a hangnail, carefully trim it off with nail clippers or cuticle trimmers. Also clean underneath the fingernail with the orangewood stick. Repeat the process for each finger.
Step 7: Massage your hands with lotion.
Apply a generous amount of lotion onto your hands and massage it into your skin. You can use your thumb to massage your cuticle and nails, and your thumb and finders to massage the palms of your hands. Next, grasp a finger and gently twist the grasping fingers to massage the tissue along the length of the finger being massaged. Do this for all your fingers. Then, continue rubbing your hands and work the lotion up one arm until you reach the elbow. Then massage the other arm.
Step 8: Remove any excess lotion.
Use a towel to wipe off any excess lotion on your hands and arms. Make sure you go over each cuticle softly so it doesn’t tear. The skin around your fingernails will be extra fragile since you’ve soaked them in water for a while and moisturized them with lotion.
Step 9: Apply a base-coat of polish.
There are many different types of base-coat nail polishes on the market. These polishes are made to strengthen your nails, provide a good foundation for your colored nail polish, and will prevent your fingernails from turning yellow from being continuously covered up by nail polish. Let the polish dry.
Step 10: Apply nail polish.
Now, take your colored nail polish and paint each fingernail. Try to cover the nail with only three brush strokes: one down the center of the nail, and one on each side of the nail. Thin, even coats are best. Let it dry, then apply a second coat of nail polish in the same manner. Use a cotton swab to remove any polish on the skin around your nails.
Step 11: Apply top coat.
The final step is to apply a top coat of clear polish to seal your nails and help your manicure last longer. Look for a top coat with a shiny finish that’s chip resistant. Let your nails dry completely before using your hands too much. You don’t want to ruin all your hard work! It could take about an hour or two for the polish to dry completely, depending on how thick you put it on.
Give yourself a manicure once a week to keep your hands silky smooth, soft, healthy, and young.