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Monday, September 25, 2006

A Great Manicure
Step 1– Nail polish remover. Hold cotton ball/pad for a second or two to help lift off color. Do top of nail and underneath the nail.
Step 2– Apply hand cream to soften cuticles.
Step 3– Wrap orange stick in cotton and push back cuticles. Trimming cuticles with scissors or“peelers” can lead to infection and hangnails.
Step 4– Use facial toner to remove oil and hand crème.
Step 5- Shape nails with emery board. File in one direction, don’t saw back and forth on natural nails. Choose shape for your hands. If you use your hands a lot choose rounded squares, they maintain strength better and prevent breaking and chipping best. If you want your hands to appear longer, choose ovals. Don’t file sides. That cause snails to split.
Step 6– Apply base coat — helps smooth out surface flaws by filling in ridges and weakspots which can lead to breakage. Be sure to flatten brush out when you use it. This will keep layers thin. Paint under nail tip and across tip of nail. Allow 2-3 minutes to dry.
Step 7– Apply color same way as base coat. Don’t bring the initial coat all the way down to the cuticle. Leave a tiny bit of space, this helps the base coat adhere better. Try to use 3 strokes; one in center, one on each side, and finish with nail tip. Allow 2-3 minutes to dry between coats. Apply second coat by starting all the way at the base of the cuticle. Use as few strokes as possible. Allow2-3 minutes to dry.
Step 8 - Apply a top coat , it helps protect enamel from smudging, chipping and nicking, and helps nails dry to a hard finish in minutes. Apply top coat as thin as possible. Remember to flatten the brush out. Use the three stroke technique. Apply top coat under tip of nail and across nail tip ridge. Allow 2-3 minutes to dry.
The day after the manicure, be sure to massage in hand crème.

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