Mani-Mondy: basic manicure


If you like to go out and get mani's or treat yourself to a DIY version, knowing the steps for giving yourself a Basic Manicure is essential in the care for your nails.  I snagged this version from The Beauty Department to share with you today and don't forget to link up your nail posts at the end of this post or tag #maniparty on twitter or instagram. 

  • Always clean your tools properly before you begin. You can simply wipe them down with alcohol and a cotton ball, b for proper sterilization we placed our metal tools on a cookie sheet (make sure they don’t have plastic on them) and baked them at 375 for 15 minutes. Make sure to let them cool off completely before using.
  • You want to file your nails dry. Filing wet nails can cause splitting or peeling. Not cute!
  • Soak your nails in a bowl of warm water. Add a little bath salt or Epsom salt to your water for softening. Or add liquid soap for cleansing. We added 5 chamomile oil drops as well to soothe an moisturize.
  • Next apply a cuticle oil or cream to keep the cuticle soft while you’re doing your manicure.
  • Using an orange stick or a metal pusher as seen above, push your cuticles back. Apply light pressure and don’t be too aggressive.
  • If you don’t have an orange stick or metal pusher, you can push the cuticle back with a hand towel.
  • If you’re a pro, you can very carefully trim the cuticle. It’s best to leave this step to a manicurist, but if you want to do it yourself at home, make sure you know what you’re doing! It can be very painful if you cut yourself.
  • Last, buff the nail using a 3 or 4 sided buffer. The shine from buffing is AMAZING!! It’s better than any top coat you could ever apply. Buffing takes patience, but it’s so pretty once it’s done. Don’t forget to buff the edges of the nail where you filed! This will keep it from snagging.


    1. Great tips! I'm awful with manicures but this is helpful. I'm always one to rush into things.

      ~Brooke {via The Dove Tree}

    2. Big fan of this, Heather, thanks for sharing! Always good to get back to basics. ;)

    3. Oh my goodness love this! And I'll be linking up tomorrow. (Unless all my studying fries my brain and I forget. But most likely, I'll remember. I like fun stuff. :P)

    4. love this idea! so super cute. and just so happened i posted a nail post :)