All the essential basic tools needed for an at home manicure
+ stone cuticle eraser made of polished sandstone, used to push back and erase cuticles without scratching the nail
+ flash shine buffer for a healthy shine finish on nail when not applying polish
+ 2 long 5" birchwood stick to push back cuticles and clean underneath nails
+ 2 nail buffers to buff away any slight imperfections on top of nail and tidy up cuticle area after push back
+ a 180 grit double sided manicure nail file
step 1: fill small bowl with warm water and non toxic soap or epsom salts for a relaxing soak and to soften skin for 5 minutes
step 2: start with one hand and clip nails if needed, then file nails into desired shape, switch hands
step 3: use either the stone cuticle eraser or the birchwood stick to gently push back cuticles, then use the nail buffer to tidy up the cuticle area and buff gently on top of nail. lightly nip cuticles if needed and finish with using the stone, slightly dampened to give one last sweep to cuticle area and across the free edge of the nail to smooth it out. switch hands
step 4: apply a hydrating hand scrub, if you don't have one simply use a coconut oil and brown sugar blend and rub hands together for 2-3 minutes to slough off any dead skin. rinse both hands, dry lightly and apply a deeply hydrating cream to hands.
step 5: if polishing, clean nail bed area thoroughly with non-acetone remover to remove any residual oils on the nail. continue on to apply base, color and top coat and remember to sit patiently to let your nails dry.
have fun and enjoy your diy manicure!