Jin Soon Choi, owner of Jin Soon Natural Hand & Foot Spas in New York City, gives Allure Spa readers seven steps for a successful manicure.
- A nonacetone remover is less likely to dry out the nails.
- Clip and file nails. File in one direction unless you're using a buffing bock or fine-grade file.
- Soak for 3-5 minutes in warm water and milk or oil to soften cuticles, then push the cuticles back.
- Make your own exfoliating scrub with olive oil and sugar. Wrap in warm, damp washcloths for one minute.
- Massage lotion into arms and forearms.
- Apply thin coats of polish.
- Use a topcoat, and make sure nails are completely dry before using hands.
Ji Baek, owner of Rescue Beauty Lounges in New York City, recommends this pedicure routine every three weeks.
- Cut toenails straight across, and be careful not to overfile corners and sides as that can cause ingrown nails.
- Rub on cuticle cream and soak feet for three minutes. Push back cuticles.
- Use a foot file for calluses, rub on exfoliating scrub, and moisturize.
- Separate toes, and apply base coat and polish. Darker shades are better at hiding imperfections.
- Apply two thin coats and topcoat.
Allure Spa recommends CND Citrus Moisture Scrub, Bliss Diamancel #20 The Conquerer foot file, and Crabtree & Evelyn Citron Honey & Coriander Rejuvenating Hand Remedy.