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You don’t need to spend a bundle on a manicure. Save yourself some money and do it at home. All you need are the proper tools to get started. Below, a step-by-step guide to help you get the professional results you want.

Tools: Here’s a checklist to help you get on your way.

· Nail Polish Remover
· Cotton Balls
· Nail Files
· Orange Sticks
· Nailbrush
· Cuticle Oil
· Hand Cream
· Base Coat
· Top Coat
· Nail Polish

The Manicure

1. Soak a cotton ball in nail polish remover to remove old polish.
2. Put lukewarm water in a bowl and immerse fingers in water for about five minutes. This will help to soften the cuticles. After soaking, use a nail brush to remove dirt from the nail beds.
3. Dry nails. Then push back your cuticles with an orange stick.
4. Shape your nails with a nail file. It is important not to saw your nails in a back and forth motion as it can weaken your nail. Just file in one direction.
5. Nourish your cuticles with cuticle oil.
6. For a real treat overnight, deep condition your hands and nails. Use a rich hand cream and apply white gloves. (The gloves can be purchased at any beauty supply store). The next morning, your hands will be luxuriously soft.
7. Remove any excess cuticle oil or moisturizer from your hands and nails.
8. Apply a base coat to your nails.
9. Select your favorite nail enamel. Apply two thin coats. Wait 10 minutes in between coats.
10. Apply a top coat. This will help prevent chipping.

Remember that a good manicure is a sign of a well-groomed appearance. If done properly, your manicure should last about a week.