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Anybody can give themselves a manicure and/or pedicure. Follow these simple steps and your nails will look beautiful for a lot less than you would spend at a salon.

MANICURE

1. Take off any existing polish you have on your nails

2. Spread cuticle oil or cream on your cuticles.

3. With a cuticle pusher, either metal or wooden, gently push your cuticles back. It's always better to push your cuticles instead of cutting them. However, if there are pieces of cuticle that must be cut, carefully do so with a cuticle cutter. Cut as little as possible.

4. With an emery board or nail file, slightly file the tips of your nails. Follow tbeir natural shape, whether square, round or oval.


5. Wrap the tip of a cuticle stick in cotton and dip in nail polish remover. Dig out any dirt from underneath your nails.

6. Wash your hands and dry thoroughly.

7. With a block buffer or file buffer, buff your nails until they are smooth and have a natural shine.

8. Apply a base coat of nail polish, followed by either one or two coats (your choice) of nail color.

9. Apply a clear, shiny topcoat.

PEDICURE

1. Take off any existing polish you have on your nails

2. Spread cuticle oil or cream on your cuticles.

3. With a cuticle pusher, either metal or wooden, gently push your cuticles back. It's always better to push your cuticles instead of cutting them. However, if there are pieces of cuticle that must be cut, carefully do so with a cuticle cutter. Cut as little as possible.

4. With a nail clipper, clip your toenails straight across. Don't go too low, just take a little bit off the top of the nail.

5. Apply nail polish remover to a cotton ball and go over toenails. Be sure to remove any oil or cream from the nails and cuticles.

6. Wrap two tissues into a rope and weave in and out of toes to keep them from rubbing into each other.

7. Apply two coats of nail polish and a clear topcoat.


Most important, enjoy, have fun! Don't feel like you have to follow any rules of having your fingernails and toenails match. Experiment with color. After all, if you know how to do your own nails, you can change them as often as you want.