There are some things I really hate having to spend my money on. Tampons, for one! Then there’s paying for my nails to be painted.
So here’s what to do if you’d like to learn how to do a home mani. First, look at your nails and cuticles. There is no point in trying to cover up raggedy nails with nail polish, so get in the habit of keeping nail stuff handy and giving your nails and cuticles a quick going over every few days. This is what I keep in my nail kit: -
Inglot nail file, €5; - Mavala Cuticle Cream, €8.04, I use it daily to soften the skin around the nail so it can be easily pushed back; - Mavala Cuticle Remover, €8.04, a weekly treatment that’s applied directly to the cuticles; in seconds, dead skin is easily removed; the above three products are all available nationwide. - My fave Clarins Hand & Nail Cream, right, from Clarins counters nationwide, is €19.83. - Tweezerman Pushy & Nail Cleaner tool, €16.90. It pushes back the cuticles and cleans under the nail.
Now, on to the paint job. The Red Carpet Manicure Starter Kit, €70, see www.redcarpetmanicure.com, contains everything you need, including a portable LED light to set your chosen LED polish, for a salon-style gel manicure in the comfort of your home.
When painting, try the three-stroke method. Do a centre stroke from the base of the nail to the tip, then do a stroke around the base and up each side of the nail. Two thin coats are better than a thick one. And if all else fails, just pop on imPress nails, €8, available nationwide for fingers and toes in a variety of colours and styles; I have them on in my photo, above.