Nail scissors                           

Emery board (nail file)           

Buffer and buffing paste                          

Cotton wool and buds


Enamel remover

Small dish with diluted disinfectant (dettol)

Orange stick                          

Hoof stick                              

Cuticle knife                          

Cuticle nippers                                 

Cuticle cream                 

Cuticle remover

Small bowl for soaking your hands


Base coat

Enamels either coloured or frosted




Always remember to keep your tools clean; if they are left dirty they may harbor germs and cause infections.

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1.        First make sure that your hands are clean and remove any old enamel that you may have on your nails with the cotton wool and enamel remover.

2.       Decide on what shape you would like on your nails, cut them if needed, then use your emery board to file them.

3.       Take a cotton bud and remove a very small amount of buffing paste from the pot and smear on the top of your nail.  With the buffer, buff your nails.

4.       With another cotton bud, remove a small amount of cuticle cream and apply to the cuticle of each nail.  Massage this in, in circular movements.

5.       Soak your hands in warm soapy water containing an anti-bacterial liquid soap.

6.       Dry your hands carefully pushing back the cuticles with the towel.  Put a tipped orange stick into your cuticle remover and wipe over each cuticle.  Dip your hoof stick in the disinfectant and carefully push back your cuticles in movement described. 

7.       Wet your cuticle knife to carefully lift the cuticle from the nail plate.

8.       Cuticle nippers to remove excess cuticle.

9.       Re-soak your hands then pat dry.  It is important to remove cuticle remover from your hands after application.  Dry and apply a good moisturiser all over the hand and arm up to the elbow, as this is a place everyone tends to forget.

10.    Squeak clean the nails with cotton wool and enamel remover again to remove any oil from the moisturiser that is left on the nail plate.

11.     Now comes the fun part, apply your base coat and wait for it to dry.  Pick your coloured enamel or frosted enamel and paint on, wait for the enamel to dry and apply the topcoat to coloured enamels.  If you do not wish to paint your nails then just quickly go over them again with the buffer for a lovely shine.

12.    One last thing, use your orange stick and enamel remover to remove all traces of enamel left on the skin to make a really neat job.

How often should we have a manicure?

That depends on the condition of your hands; donít expect to have beautiful hands in one treatment if your cuticles are really overgrown, it takes time.  Never try to take all the excess of in one go.  You just have to perform the manicure regularly.  Remember at times it is always good to leave your nails between enameling so you can moisturise them.  Too much enamel remover will dry out your nail plate and you will be defeating the object of having beautiful nails.