I’ve been painting my nails on a regular basis for 5 years. Through the years, I’ve come a long way from “I’ll just apply a little bit of nail polish” to actually doing my nails regularly during a one-hour-long ceremony. How do I do it? You can learn it from this post.

I always start giving myself a manicure by removing any old nail polish thoroughly. For this step, I always use cotton pads and Q-tips. I love the dm Ebelin nail polish removers, I’m currently using the kiwi-mango scented one.

The second step is filing my nails. For this step, I use the Essence 4in1 nail file.

Step 3 is doing cuticle work. I push back my cuticle with a metal cuticle pusher. I don’t use the spiky end because it scratches my nails, but the spoon-shaped end fits the shape of my nails perfectly. If I need any more fixing or if I want to remove any dead skin, I do it using an orangewood stick.

I ordered both of them from Aliexpress. You can check them out or order them HERE and HERE.

Now comes the base coat. Four years ago I had gel nails but after about a week my nails and fingers were inflamed. I had the gel nails removed, but my natural nails got terribly weak and soft. Then I started using the Nail Nurse base coat by Rimmel, which fixed the problem in a month or two and I’ve been using it ever since.

rimmel nail rescueThe 5th step is nail polish. I really like the Rimmel 60 seconds nail polishes. I’m not that red nail kind of girl but Double Decker Red is my favourite! I like wearing it on my nails in the summer and in the winter as well, it’s easy to work with, it’s not patchy or streaky and it dries quickly. It’s a great product. I usually apply two coats of nail polish. Though I’m careful not to paint my skin, unfortunately, I can’t always avoid it. In such cases, I remove it immediately with the spiky end of an orangewood stick.

rimmel double decker redI rarely use a quick dry top coat. I tend to gravitate more toward high shine and gel effect ones. I’ve been using the trend IT UP 2in1 top coat since early summer and I’m very satisfied with it.

I usually let my nail polish dry by itself but if I’m in a hurry, I speed it up using a nail polish drying spray. The Aveo nail polish drying spray has been a favourite of mine for years.

At the end, if there’s nail polish somewhere on my skin, I clean it up with a brush dipped in nail polish remover. I use a small, angled makeup brush to do it.

As the last step, I apply oil around my nails and massage it into my skin. I find this step very important, especially in this cooler, windier time of the year. I use this apricot-scented one from trend IT UP.

What well-test manicure regime do you have?