I hope that you have had a wonderful Christmas and you are preparing for the best year you have ever had in 2016. I don't always make resolutions when the new year comes around, but I'm making a few this year, some of which I am beginning to work on now. That gives me almost a week's head start on my goals! :)
One of my plans is to declutter this house. In the process of sorting through some of my old Avon materials I came across my Beauty Advisor training materials from 2002. Since I had on my TeuxDeux list to write a blog post about nails and how to do a proper manicure, finding a good outline for a manicure in my BA materials has prompted me to write that today. So, from Avon and with my own tweaks and additions, here is:
How to Give Yourself a Weekly Manicure
1. Shape nails, filing in one direction to prevent damage. A good rule on length is to not allow your nail tip to grow longer than a third of the length of the part of your nail on your finger bed. And as far as shape goes, the tip should echo the base, which is a squared oval for most people. Do not file down the sides of the nail as this will weaken it. Leave old nail polish on while filing to help protect the nail. Tip: Have you tried crystal nail files? I love them! You will have to invest a little more for a good one, but they last for years as long as you are careful not to drop them on a tile or concrete floor.
2. Soak a cotton ball with nail polish remover and press and hold onto nail for a few seconds then wipe. Allowing the remover to soak into the polish makes it easier to remove in one wipe. Tip: I recommend non-acetone remover. It should only take you a few seconds longer to remove the polish than remover with acetone and it is easier on your nails.
3. Soak hands in warm water for 3-5 minutes. Adding a few drops of Avon Naturals Shower Gel to the water will give you a truly gentle and relaxing hand soak.
4. Massage hand cream into cuticle area and gently push the cuticle back with an orange stick. Do not cut cuticles, because this can leave them weak and possibly allow bacteria to get into the open skin.
5. Wash hands gently with warm water and towel-dry. Allow nails several minutes to completely dry. If you plan to wear nail enamel continue with step 6. If you prefer the natural look of bare nails, skip to step 10.
6. Apply a Base Coat to nails to prevent staining the nail with nail enamel. This is particularly important if you use a darker more intense nail enamel. Allow the base coat to dry for 5 minutes before you...
7. Apply Nail Enamel. Brush one stripe down the center of the nail from base to tip, then brush one stroke on either side, avoiding the nail edges. This application makes fingers look slender and avoids the need to use remover to take excess polish off the skin around your nails. For best results apply two coats of enamel. Tip: If you do need to remove nail enamel from skin, wrap a tiny piece of cotton around the tip of a toothpick and dip into a small amount of remover poured into the lid of the bottle and use to go around your nail.
8. Apply a Top Coat for longer-lasting wear.
9. Let nails dry thoroughly--at least 20 minutes.
10. Apply Cuticle Gel Remover and a protective hand cream. Avon has several ones to choose from, including these customer favorites: Moisture Therapy Intensive Healing and Repair or Silicone Glove Protective Hand Cream.
11. To keep your manicure and your hands looking great, use protective gloves when washing dishes or doing other heavy cleaning. Exfoliate dead skin once a week and slather on hand cream several times a day. Tip: Avon FootWorks scrub and Clearskin scrub are great for exfoliating hands too!