Manicure Ideas At-home to Complement Your Engagement Ring

by Admin May 07, 2020 at 03:35 pm MISCELLANEOUS

Whether you're trying to save money or staying at home due to coronavirus pandemic there's never a bad time to master doing your own manicure at home. Not only is there a real satisfaction in painting your own nails, but it can also have therapeutic benefits. 

Between chipping, warping, and smudging, a lot can go wrong. That isn't to say it's impossible to get an Insta-worthy mani by yourself; it just takes a little practice and a good method. 

Keeping your nails in good shape during your engagement is worth the effort for a few reasons. People will be paying more attention than ever to your hands, so a nice manicure (or at the very least, a quick coat of clear polish) will help showcase your ring in all its sparkly glory.

Whether you're looking for a classic nail color that goes with everything or you're in the mood to try something new and trendy to boost your quarantine spirits, at-home manicures have come a long way from basic polish.

With the help of these creative and easy ideas, try your own manicure at home:

First of all, you need to build your at-home manicure kit

  • Nail polish remover: Acetone-based formulas are necessary for removing powder, acrylic, gel nails, and some glitter polishes, but for normal nail polish, an oil-based formula is much less drying. 
  • Cuticle softener: You can always soak your fingers in warm water to soften your cuticles, but an exfoliating cuticle treatment also comes in handy. 
  • Nail clippers: Chances are you already have a pair of nail clippers, but now could be a good time to restock if they're worn down. 
  • Cuticle kit: A slanted cuticle trimmer is much easier and more delicate than using standard clippers.
  • Nail file and buffer: Use an emery board or glass nail file to shape and a buffing block to smooth.
  • Basecoat and topcoat: A two-in-one formula means one less nail polish bottle to keep track of. 
  • Hand cream: Soothe dry or damaged hands with a thick moisturizer to restore the skin barrier.

Smiley faces

You might not prefer smiley faces on your nails for your wedding day, but your engagement is a perfect time to try out this cheerful '90s-inspired idea. 

Start by coating each nail with a clear base coat, then use the tip of the brush to carefully add two yellow circles as the faces.

Once the circles are dry, you can use a super-thin paintbrush (like an eyeliner brush) to draw the eyes and mouths. Finish with a top coat to seal everything together.

What you'll need: 

  • Neon nail paint
  • Lakme Color Crush Nailart, M7 Black
  • Fine-point eyeliner brush
Rainbow stickers

The newest mood-booster: rainbows on your nails! We're loving this colorful, instagrammable idea for your next manicure at home. 

Painting a rainbow onto each nail requires a lot of time and patience, but with stick-on gel polish decals, you'll have it done in no time. Do you know what's the best part? 

There's no actual nail polish or drying time involved, making this option a no-brainer if you normally have trouble painting your own nails. 

What you'll need: Stick-on gels Rainbows

Ombré nails

Recreate these trendy ombré nails for your next manicure at home by using a different color on each finger. You can choose polishes in the same color family, for example, dark blue to light blue—or go for a totally mismatched look, which is just as fun. 

What you'll need: 

  • Nail polish in Pastel Peach
  • Nail polish in Arabesque
  • Nail polish in Robin
  • Nail polish in Trompe L'oeil
  • Nail polish in Pistachio

Abstract lines

Embrace your artistic side with a geometric-inspired mani featuring dainty dots and lines.

We love the blush and black combo pictured here, but you could easily recreate this design with any color palette that speaks to you. 

A fine-tip brush gives you precision when adding the details.   

What you'll need: 

  • Baby peach nail polish
  • Revlon nail enamel in Knockout

Two-tone polish

Another wonderful way to hop aboard the mismatched nails trend. Instead of ombré nails, you may choose two different polish colors—one for each hand. 

We recommend colors that are completely contrasting, like this lime green and terra cotta combination, for the most noticeable effect. 

What you'll need: 

  • lime green nail polish;  
  • muted terra cotta nail polish


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