Self-Care Sunday|The DIY Manicure

At this point in the Lockdown, I have given up with the state of my hair (roll on my appointment on the 7th!). The way that I make myself feel somewhat pampered is by giving myself a regular manicure. I find it really relaxing doing my nails, and its been fun to experiment with different designs! So, I thought I’d share my 5 easy steps to a beautiful DIY manicure, with a luxurious feel.

What you’ll need for your DIY Manicure:

Phoebe Nisbet DIY Manicure tools

Step 1 – Cuticle Oil

Firstly, you want to make sure you have clean nails. My hands are far more sensitive at the moment from the constant handwashing, so need some extra care. Cuticle oil is an amazing first step for adding moisture to your nail bed and loosening the cuticle. Not only this, but it gives a more “professional” feel to your DIY manicure. I use the Boots Recovery Oil 8 in 1 – it smells of lemons and is perfect for dry and damaged nails and cuticles. Simply put a drop at the base of each nail and massage into the cuticle and around the nail using the thumb on your other hand.

Phoebe Nisbet DIY Manicure Step 1 Cuticle Oil

Step 2 – It’s Time to Push Back & Trim

Now you’ve softened up your cuticles. it’s time to push back your cuticles. Very gently use the flat edge of your tool to start pushing your cuticles back. You may choose to leave them as they are, but I have this funny thing about my cuticles so I always cut them off! To cut your cuticles, take your clippers and carefully cut away what you have pushed back, following the nail bed round.

Phoebe Nisbet DIY Manicure Step 2 Cuticle Cutting

Step 3 – File, Shape & Buff

Next you’re going to want to file your nails into your desired shape. I personally always go for short and squared off nails, so I just file straight across then shape the corners. After I’ve filed my nails, I usually buff then smooth & shine my nails using a four way buffer.

Phoebe Nisbet Step 3 DIY Manicure File and Buff

Step 4 – It’s time for the Base Coat

Your nails are almost prepped. All that’s left to do now is paint each of your nails with a base-coat. I always think that it makes such a difference applying a base coat first before your colour/ design. Maybe because it’s just so much easier to paint your nails afterwards, or it gives a smoother finished look? I am a fan of Rimmel nail varnish for a few reasons. Firstly, it’s super affordable so you can always get a few different colours. More importantly, it lasts SO well! I’ve bought Chanel nail varnishes but I find mine usually chip within a day.

Phoebe Nisbet Step 4 DIY Manicure Top Coat

Step 5 – Get Creative

Now it’s time for the fun part – painting your nails! As I mentioned before, I have had so much fun experimenting with different nail designs and colours. For today’s DIY manicure, I’ve opted for a Lavender colour which is very on-trend with Spring/ Summer 20 and little shine of silver. Again, I’ve used Rimmel 60 Second Super Shine in shade 558 GO WILD-ER-NESS and 833 EXTRA! If, like me, you dink your nails quite easily, this is the perfect polish for you as its quick-drying.

Phoebe Nisbet Step 5 Nail Polish

Now all that’s left to do is add a coat of topcoat, and to give that professional feel, massage your cuticles with oil!

Nail Art Ideas for your DIY Manicure

I love looking for new nail art ideas through Instagram, and I thought I would try for myself. So I’ve added a couple of ideas in case you were stuck for your first idea.

Phoebe Nisbet Nail Art Ideas

I created this flower look using the end of a hair slide! I just dipped the end into my nail polish. You just need to do 5 dots for the petals, and a dot for the centre – it’s as easy as that!

Phoebe Nisbet Nail Art Ideas

To create this manicure, I painted three quarters of my nail in pink. Then, just as I had done the centre of the flowers, I dipped the end of a hair slide in gold and printed a dot in the bottom, centre of the pink.


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