Tools for Manicures

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You don't have to be a professional to create a lovely manicure.
You don't have to be a professional to create a lovely manicure. (Image: BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Simple manicures are one of the few beauty treatments which can be done equally well at home or in a salon. With use of the proper tools, professionals and novices alike can make hands and nails look attractive. Knowing what equipment is needed and its function will increase the likelihood of a successful manicure.

Nail Polish Remover

For new polish to adhere to your nails, they must be cleaned. Use nail polish remover to eliminate any traces of old polish and remove oil and dirt. Choose a polish remover that has moisturizing properties without acetone, which should be avoided as it can be extremely drying.

Clippers or Scissors

Clippers or manicure scissors are used to trim nails to a length that is attractive and functional. Consider your daily activities when deciding on the length of your nails. If you type frequently or interact with small children, long nails are not practical.

Nail File and Emery Board

Nail files and emery boards have flat abrasive sides that are used to smooth jagged nails and shape them into the desired shape. When using these tools, do not use a sawing motion. Rather, file in a single motion from the sides of the nail toward the center.

Cuticle Sticks

Cuticle sticks are used to push back the cuticles so that they don't get in the way when you apply a smooth coat of polish to the nail. This process is preferable to cutting the cuticles, and should be done carefully.

Polish

Polish your nails in three steps: the base coat, color, and top coat. A base coat creates a smooth surface on your nail, follow with two coats of your favorite nail color, over which add a top coat for shine and to fill in imperfections.

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