For the next few months I’m going to talk about my budget-friendly “beauty cheats,” as I like to call them. I love beauty. I’m a product junkie. I have creams cluttering my bedside table like they’re going out of style. I buy nail polish with every grocery shop. I LIVE for Chanel rouge. But all of these splurges are just that – splurges. Splurges I so cannot afford. But there’s a bare confidence that comes from getting gussied up, from pampering away, and feeling beautiful.
So in keeping with a budget-friendly beauty spirit in the coming months, and without further ado, The Ultimate DIY At-Home Manicure + Pedicure (because I change my nail polish almost every other day and I’m not sure I’ll ever afford that many manicures):
- I like to set up everything I need first: polish remover, nail file, nail clippers, cuticle stick, polish corrector, clear base + top coat, and color of choice (today’s pick: the perfect shade of nude.)
- I remove any previous polish, then cut and file all of my nails, fingers and toes, so that they look relatively even. I also tend to keep my finger nails fairly short because I am forever typing/baking/chewing-on-my nails.
- After filing and buffing (optional) my nails, I like to run a scrub over my hands and feet to exfoliate and remove any excess nail/skin.
- Next up, I wash and dry my hands and feet really well, creating that clean surface to work on.
- Paint base coat, two coats of color polish, and top coat, then let dry completely (I stress this because I totally empathize with the need to do 42 other things, including text, laundry, a quick trip to the store, etc., etc. Just chill. You deserve it. And your pretty polish job deserves it too.)
What are some of your at-home beauty routines?
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April 11, 2012 2 Comments