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Summer is officially here, and flip-flops are adorning your feet…but what’s adorning your nails? Want to do your own manicures and pedicures or a creative and original design on your nails but don’t know where to start? Here’s how in ten easy steps!


Step 1: If you have nail polish on already, remove the polish. Wash your hands in warm soapy water. Scrub any dirt from under your fingernails with a nail brush.

Step 2: Dry your hands. Make sure your fingernails are completely dry before moving on to the next step, because wet nails are much weaker than dry nails.

Step 3: Cut your fingernails with clippers so they’re all the same length.

Step 4: Use an emery board to shape your nails. Do not use a metal file, as these cause your nails to spilt easily. File in one direction. Filing back and forth will weaken your nails.

Step 5: Put a little cuticle oil, or any edible oil, on the skin that overlaps onto your fingernails (your cuticle). Massage in circles on the cuticle. Now, put your hands in warm water for about 15 minutes. This will soften your cuticles so you can gently push them off the nail with a cuticle stick. Do not trim the cuticle. Cutting off the cuticle is not healthy, even though it is practiced at many salons.

Step 6: Wash your hands again to remove all the oil. Swipe the nail brush over your nails to get rid of the residue. If you want to pamper yourself (since you are giving yourself a manicure :)), rub the homemade sugar scrub from one of my former posts on your hands for a few minutes to exfoliate and remove dead skin. Dry your hands thoroughly.

Step 7: Apply lotion all over your hands, around your fingernails and in between your fingers. Make sure to wipe your fingernails clean of lotion before continuing to the next step.

Step 8: Cover each nail with a basecoat, or a clear polish.

Step 9: Polish with your favorite color in three strokes; one down the middle and two on each side.

Step 10: Finish with the top coat, or the clear polish again.


Follow steps 1-6 – except on your feet!

Now use a callus stone or callus reducer to get rid of dead skin on your feet. Scrub the balls of your feet, the bottoms and sides of your heels, and around your toes. If you have a double-sided callus stone/reducer, use the coarser side first, rubbing in circles, then use the other side to smooth off the dead skin.

Moisturize with a foot cream. Rub over your whole foot, the top, bottom, toes, and ankles. After it’s soaked in, wipe off your toenails with a dry cloth.

Polish your nails using steps 8, 9, and 10 on your toenails.

Nail Art!

When I heard about the
Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen, I was so excited! I love to do nail art, but I always did it freehand with nail polish, so my designs were very limited. Here’s something I did on my sister’s toes with regular nail polish:

So I went out and got myself a white nail art pen at Walmart to try it out. Here are three designs I tried with it:

{I know what you’re thinking…you love my bathroom floor. hahaha}

Aren’t they lovely? Here’s the verdict on the pen:

It’s a lot of fun to play with! It made it easy to create fine designs like lines and dots. But strangely, the pen is not nail polish. It reminds me of the white-out stuff my mom uses when she messes up on the calendar. It’s kinda freaky. It says on the pen: Do not apply to bare nail…avoid contact with cuticles and skin. It weirded me out a little, but once I got past that, it worked very well! It’s a little runny, so you have to be careful, and you must apply a top coat, because the nail art pen doesn’t dry. After my polish was dry, I washed my hands and I could tell where I missed putting top coat on, because the design came off. Overall, it was a pretty good investment, but not all I thought it would be. Not sure if I’ll buy one again once it runs out. I might be better off using a toothpick and dipping it in nail polish to make designs. It would be a lot cheaper, and would probably even work better.

“How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!" Romans 10:15b

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Sarah is a freelance writer who loves God, reading, and music, as well as writing of course! She and two friends, Madeline and Haylie, have a fashion blog at modstylelounge.blogspot.com.

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Anonymous jessica said...

that is SO cool! i've tried to make designs with a regular nail polish brush,but it always ends up looking like it was done with a paint brush. i might just have to try that!

Thanks very much the instruction is very easy to follow. A sure saving in this time.

Blogger Sarah said...

You're welcome! =]

jessica- one of my friends dips a toothpick in nail polish and uses that to make designs. It works for her, but I have yet to try it myself. I'm just having too much fun with my Nail Art Pen! haha =D

Anonymous Jordan said...

thanks so much! You gave some great tips :)

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