The shiniest nails you have ever seen awaits!
While we all love a good mani-pedi, the pandemic has put a bit of a pin in many of our beauty plans. Getting up close and personal with strangers at the nail bar doesn't seem like as good of an idea as it did a little over a year ago, which has led to many of us giving DIY manicures a go.
This is certainly a great way to express creativity and can even be considered a form of self-care, but it also exposes us to ending up feeling like one of those expectation vs reality memes. That’s why today we’ll be exploring how to get the perfect at home mani-pedi with the help of our famous Total Care For Hands & Nails Kit.
What You’ll Need For an Indulgent Home Manicure:
Where To Start Your Home Manicure:
The first thing you’re going to want to do is give your hands a thorough wash with a nourishing soap such as our Origani Face & Body Cleansing Bar. This will ensure you have a nice clean canvas to get started with and can help protect you from infection if you’re the type who likes to push their cuticles. This is also the stage where you’ll want to use your nail brush to remove any dirt or debris that has found its way under your talons.
Caring For Your Nails:
Step 1. Understand The Correct Manicure Process
Now your hands are fresh and clean, it's time to give your nails a little shaping. Our Total Care For Hands & Nails Kit includes both a nail file and a buffer block - for the first step of the process, you’re going to want the file. Believe it or not, there is a right (and a wrong) way to file your nails, and we're not just talking about how to achieve certain shapes. For example, you’ll want to file from the base to the centre rather than simply running the file across the whole edge. And you should NEVER run your nail file backwards and forwards no matter how tempting this may be as it can cause fairly significant damage. Decide on which shape you feel best suits your hands (or mood) and gently sculpt your nails to match.
If you’re the type who likes to push their cuticles back, it’s time to grab your cuticle tool and gently relocate them to your desired position.
Step 2. Buffer Your Nails
Next you’re going to need your nail buffer. This multipurpose tool is fabulous for smoothing, stimulating and polishing your nails. You will note that this beauty accessory has three different types of buffer, this is because there are three stages to achieving that perfect shine.
The first step is to use the dark grey buffing panel to remove ridges and stains. This buffing panel should be gently rubbed across your nails in a single direction avoiding the tips.
Next, you’ll want to take the light green buffing panel and draw it rapidly back and forth across the top of your nails. This will assist in stimulating circulation underneath the nail which will in turn promote faster, stronger and healthier growth.
The final step is to polish your nails with the white buffing panel. This is where the magic happens. Watch before your eye, the shiniest nails you have ever seen sans nail polish!
Step 3. Time To Paint:
If you’re looking to level up your mani-pedi, now is the time to add a pop of colour. Start with a nourishing base coat to give your nails a little extra love (and your colour coat something to stick to) and then follow these tips to get that just stepped out of the salon look.
Note: If you used a clear nail treatment in the previous step, this will generally replace your base coat.
Step 4. The Finishing Touches:
Now your nails are shaped and coloured, it’s time to add the finishing touches and show the rest of your hands some love. This is where you get to play with the skincare portion of your Total Care For Hands & Nails Kit.
Our Nourishing Cuticle Oil is perfect for moisturizing your nails and contains plant extracts to give your talons a natural boost. This treatment should be applied over the nails and tips of your fingers and massaged in until all absorbed.
Once your cuticle oil has absorbed, you can slather our Hand & Nail Perfection Cream over the entirety of your hands to provide all day protection and hydration.. You can also re-apply the Hand & Nail Perfection Cream any time that you feel the need.
So there you have it, the perfect at home mani-pedi with the help of our Total Care For Hands & Nails Kit. If you post your masterpiece to the gram, be sure to tag @origaniskincare so we can see your wonderful creations!