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You Can Totally Do Your Own Manicure At Home—Here’s How!

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PHOTO: Instagram/betina_goldstein

So you've decided that you'll recreate the easy manicure ideas you've seen on the internet, but you then realize that you're still a bit ~clueless~ abput the whole process. Don't worry, we've got you! One of our favorite nail artists on Instagram, Betina Goldstein, shared a quick tutorial on her Insta. (BTW, her feed is filled with lots of minimalist nail art ideas that you NEED to check out.) She demonstrated how we can do a decent manicure at home. Her guide covers the basics of nail care and polish application. I tried this myself, and I'm pretty confident about how my DIY mani turned out!

But before we get on Betina's tutorial, let's admire her minimalist mani designs below:


Ready to get an IG-worthy mani? Check out Betina's guide below:

How To Do A Manicure At Home

  1. Remove old polish

    Take off any leftover polish using a remover that is free from harmful ingredients. Harsh formulas tend to dry out nails and cuticles, causing brittleness and hangnails. 

  2. Push back the cuticles

    Apply a few drops of cuticle softener to help dissolve layers of dead skin. Carefully push back the cuticles with a wooden stick or metal pusher—if you press the tool too much, you might hurt yourself.

  3. Buff your nails

    Grab a nail buffer and go over the surface of your digits to get rid of ridges. This step will also remove the dead skin buildup on the sidewalls.

  4. Get rid of excess skin

    You may cut excess skin and hangnails with a nipper, but if you're not familiar on handling this tool, you may skip this step.

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  5. Cut your nails

    When clipping your nails, Betina recommends starting at the corners and working your way across. For your safety, it's better to cut them short. The undersides of long nails can be breeding grounds of germs and bacteria. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that the free edge should not be longer than 1/4 inch. 

  6. File your nails

    Grab an emery file to smooth out any jagged edges. Start at the sides and taper any sharp corners to prevent ingrown nails.

  7. Exfoliate your hands

    Using a face or body scrub, slough out layers of dead skin and dirt on your hands. Rinse and dry with a clean washcloth.

  8. Nourish your nails and hands

    Massage cuticle oil and hand cream (any body lotion or oil will do, too!) on your nails and hands to keep them moisturized. Betina says that since we frequently wash our hands and use sanitizer more often than before, our skin gets dry. This step will restore its softness and health.

    Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, P495, Lazada 


  9. Wipe your nails with alcohol

    Before you start painting your nails, spritz alcohol and wipe away product buildup on the cuticles and nails. This step is important because your polish won't stick if there any leftover lotions, oils, or creams on the nail bed and cuticles.

  10. Apply base coat

    This helps create a smooth canvas for your polish. Think of it as a primer, but for your nails. Wait for it to dry before proceeding to the next step. If you don't have this at home, that's okay. You can proceed to the next step.

    Sally Hansen Double Duty Base Top Coat, P375, Watsons 


  11. Paint with nail polish

    Betina advises brushing nail polish in the middle and then at the sides. She recommends working in thin coats and to let each layer dry for three to five minutes to prevent smudging.

    Sunnies Face Play Paint in Leather, P245, Lazada 


  12. Seal with topcoat

    Make your mani last and get that glossy finish by applying topcoat. Brush a thin layer on the free edge to prevent chipping. 


If you want to see the full demo, watch the video below:


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