Since the novel coronavirus pandemic closed all non-essential businesses — like salons — in early March, regular patrons across the country have been forced to take matters into their own hands.
If you’re one of the brave souls who have decided to try an at-home manicure or pedicure, there are some things you should know before you start.
“A lot of people forget to treat their nails before they paint them,” beauty expert Christine Cho told Global News’ The Morning Show.
All the materials you need to do a proper manicure or pedicure at home can be found at drug stores or major retailers, according to Cho.
The first — and often forgotten — item you should have in your arsenal is cuticle eraser or “something that softens your nails,” Cho said.
“Use some kind of pusher … to push back the cuticle in areas where it’s grown out.”
If you have experience doing your own nails, Cho said, you can use a cuticle clipper to clear away overgrown cuticles.
However, she doesn’t recommend this if you don’t know how to use the tool.
“If you’re not skilled, I tell people to skip this step because you don’t want to damage the cuticle area or over-trim,” said Cho.
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Next step: trimming the nails.
You can use nail clippers — which is great if your nails are very long — or you can use a nail file.
Nail files are the better option if you want a specific shape and you need more control, said Cho.
Before you put on any polish, don’t forget to use a buffer.
“I tell people use the rougher side first, then smooth it out and add a little shine,” Cho said.
“Polish goes on easier on a smooth surface.”
Cho tells people to “set aside some time” for the prep because that’s the most important part.
“This is the part that will make your manicure last like it does when you go the salon,” Cho said.
Putting on polish is the final (and least important) step, which you can do after “cleaning off the nail bed” with nail polish remover.
Feet are very similar. Cho recommends soaking your feet first, whether it’s in a bucket or your bath.
“Put some bath salts if you can, and some bubble bath,” Cho said. This will help soften your skin and make it similar to a salon experience.
For both hands and feet, add polish in “thin, multiple layers” for the full salon effect.
“Patience is key,” Cho said.
To learn more about doing your own manicure and pedicure at home, watch the video above.
Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:
Health officials caution against all international travel. Returning travellers are legally obligated to self-isolate for 14 days, beginning March 26, in case they develop symptoms and to prevent spreading the virus to others. Some provinces and territories have also implemented additional recommendations or enforcement measures to ensure those returning to the area self-isolate.
Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.
To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out.
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