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M.I.S.S. Michelle’s Beauty Tip of the Week: The Manicure Pedicure Hour – D.I.Y. 60 Minute Mani/Pedi

This week’s tip is how to give a fast and easy manicure and pedicure. In between nail salon visits, I give myself a manicure and pedicure every week and a half or so, and the whole process, which includes last week’s tip, Two Minute Cuticle Prep, and drying time, takes about one hour.

What you will need:

Nail File
Finger Nail Clippers or Scissors
Cotton Balls
Rubbing Alcohol
Nail Polish Remover
Nail Polish
Base and Top Coats (see my favorite base and top coat picks HERE)

Nail Buffing Block

Toe Separators

Drying Spray

1. Remove any existing nail polish with a cotton ball dipped in nail polish remover.

2. Use last week’s tip, Two Minute Cuticle Prep, while in the shower or after soaking hands and feet in warm soapy water. Follow with a cuticle cream. (2 minutes)

3. Trim nails, file to desired shape, and buff. (4 minutes)

4. Wipe nails with a cotton ball dipped in alcohol to remove any residue (hand cream, nail file/buff dust, etc.) (12 seconds)

5. Apply a thin layer of the base coat. Let dry (1 minute)

6. Apply two coats of your color choice. I start with one quick stroke of polish over the tips of the nails, followed by no more than 4 swipes of color to the nail, 3 swipes is ideal according to one manicurist I know. Let dry (5 minutes).

7. Fix polish that runs into the cuticle area by sliding your nail around the cuticle while applying slight pressure.

8. Apply a topcoat. (1 minute). Finish with a no smudge/quick dry type of spray or oil.

9. Let nails dry for 35 minutes. (I usually pop in a DVD or hop on my computer while they dry.)

Enjoy and stay posted for more beauty tips and picks to come next week!

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