Manicure and Pedicure

Manicure and Pedicure Tips from the Pros

Everyone wants a professional manicure and pedicure, but many don’t have access to the professional tools and equipment needed. This doesn’t mean that you have to walk around with grubby nails and toes. Let’s take a closer look at insightful tips from the professionals on how to pull off a great manicure and pedicure.

Prepare the tools you’ll need. In order to pull off a great manicure, you will need specific supplies. These supplies can be purchased at your local chemist or make-up supply store. To achieve a salon-style manicure, you will need to following:

  • Earbuds
  • Cotton balls.
  • Cuticle moisturiser.
  • Nail polish remover.
  • A top coat and base coat nail polish.
  • A bowl filled with warm water and a moisturising shower gel.
  • A set of manicure tools, including a cuticle blade and cuticle pusher.

Choose an Acetone-Free Nail Polish Remover

Why? Simply because acetone nail polish removers may remove polish faster, but they contain certain harsh chemicals that may wear your nails down. Opt for an acetone-free polish remover, which is especially necessary if you do your nails frequently. Start the manicure by removing any previous polish. Skip this step if you do not have any nail polish on your nails.

After removing the polish, moisturise the cuticles before applying any new polish. This helps the cuticles retain moisture and keeps your nails healthy. The small flap of skin at the root of the nail is the cuticle, so simply dab a small bit of moisturiser over the skin and gently massage until it is absorbed. After this, soak your hands in a bowl of lukewarm water filled with shower gel, and place the tips of your fingers in the bowl.

Push Back Cuticles and Cut Old Cuticles

This part may be the least favourite part for many people when it comes to manicures and pedicures, but it needs to be done. Take your cuticle pusher and gently push each of the cuticles back, so that they merge with the skin in the fingers. Older cuticles emerge from underneath the pushed back cuticles, so use the cuticle cutter and run the blade along the length of the old cuticles to cut them off.

Should your nails not be in the desired shape and size, clip and file them. Use a nail file and set of nail clippers to do this, and make use of a nail buffer to smooth out the tops of the nails. Add a base coat to protect your nails from becoming tinted by polish. This also helps the nail polish come on smoother. Add another layer of nail polish for the best results. The same process can be followed for your professional pedicure. These tips can help you to achieve a professional manicure and pedicure, even if you don’t have a fully-fledged salon to work from.

To learn more about providing professional manicures and pedicures, contact us at Face to Face Beauty & Make-Up Design School. As the longest established specialist training academy in beauty, make-up design and special effects in South Africa, we continue to work diligently in carrying over our knowledge to tomorrow’s make-up and beauty professionals.

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