Manicures—you might think they’re just about filing your nails and applying your fave nail polish. But you’d be surprised to learn that even a manicure deserves some special attention from your end. After all, a perfectly done manicure involves a lot—right from moisturising your hands to filing the right way. So it’s time to correct the following manicure mistakes if you truly want your nails to look stunning...
You skip moisturiser
 

You skip moisturiser

If you forget to moisturise your cuticles and your hands, your manicure makes little sense. A complete manicure is when your hands look hydrated. We suggest using the Vaseline Healthy White SPF 24 PA++ Lotion that has a non-greasy formula enriched with micro droplets of Vaseline Petroleum Jelly that will give your hands the hydration they need. Plus, it will also protect your skin from UV rays!

You’re not exfoliating before starting
 

You’re not exfoliating before starting

If you’re underestimating the power of exfoliation when it comes to a manicure, you are doing it all wrong. Make sure you get rid of all the dead skin and clean your hands thoroughly before you start your manicure. We suggest using the St.Ives Fresh Face Apricot Scrub because this one has the power to remove excess dirt from the skin. It contains apricot that heals and soothes the skin along with removing dead skin.

You’re not filing in one direction
 

You’re not filing in one direction

Yes, you love giving yourself a manicure at home and have all the right tools to do so. But understand that there’s a technique to filing as well. When you file your nails in two different directions, there are chances of your nails breaking. So it’s best to stick to one direction when it comes to filing nails.

You forget base coat
 

You forget base coat

If you truly want your nail colour to last longer, using a base coat is essential to your manicure regime. Use a base coat to set the foundation for your nail paint. We suggest using the Lakmé Absolute Gel Stylist Nail Polish, Top Coat for this purpose.

You apply thick coats of nail colour
 

You apply thick coats of nail colour

When doing a manicure, remember that you need to go easy on the paint. Use thin coats of nail paint that will allow the paint to dry faster. So after one thin coat, let it dry and then reapply yet another thin coat. Finish off with a top coat and you’re done!

You forget to clean your tools
 

You forget to clean your tools

Forgetting to clean your tools before you start can cause some bacterial infections you surely want to stay away from. So make sure you clean your buffers, clippers and filers with a mild soap and water. You can even sanitise your tools by cleaning them with an anti-bacterial wipe. But make sure they’re dry before and after use.