It’s great to know how to give yourself a manicure in case you don’t have the time to visit a nail salon or if you are on a tight budget. Sandra Mariscal, Latina's beauty assistant, paid a visit to Marianna Mejia, a nail technician at Haven Nail Spa to get the 411 on this tried and true beauty regimen. Here’s a brief synopsis of what you’ll learn in our video:
First wash your hands thoroughly.
Choose your nail color.
Remove your old nail polish.
File your nails into your desired shape. Remember to only file in one direction.
Cuticle care: clip hangnails and push back cuticles.
If you are not doing color, buff your nails to a high shine with a chamois.
Apply basecoat for strength and protection of your nail bed.
Apply nail color. Start with the outer edges and work your way into the middle.
Apply a top coat of the same color.
Finish off with a coat of quick dry, which can dramatically cut your drying time.
It takes practice, but you’ll get the hang of it soon enough!