Easy Healthy Nails Manicure Tutorial

Oh My Gel
by Oh My Gel
10 Materials
30 Minutes

In this tutorial, I’m going to do a quick overview of my entire healthy nails manicure process.

I’ll show you how to care for your nails and how to do a manicure at home. Let’s get started.

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Tools and materials:

  • Nail file
  • Cuticle remover 
  • Cuticle pusher
  • Cuticle cutter
  • Buffer
  • Wipes
  • Gel base coat
  • Top coat
  • Alcohol
  • Cuticle oil
Filing the nails

1. File the nails

File the nails on each hand. 

Filing the nails

Make sure they’re nice and even with the other hand.

Applying cuticle remover

2. Apply cuticle remover

After filing the nails, apply cuticle remover to the cuticles. This is what I do instead of soaking the nails in water. 

Applying cuticle remover

Dabble a bit around the cuticle and spread it out to get it nice and soft.

This will help soften up the cuticle so we can push back and remove it safely and effectively. 

Pushing back the cuticles

3. Push back the cuticles

Use a cuticle pusher and remove the cuticle gently.

Remember cuticle is skin that grows on your nail plate, so make sure you’re scraping it all the way back and up into the cuticle bed. 

Pushing back the cuticles

You also want to make the surface nice and smooth.

Scraping the edges

4. Scrape the edges

Use the other end of the pusher to scrape all along the edges to make sure you’ve removed as much cuticle as you can with the pusher.

Make sure you’re cleaning under the nail as well.

Wiping nails

5. Wipe the nails off

Spray a little bit of water and wipe off the cuticle from the nail. 

Nipping leftover cuticle

6. Nip any leftover pieces of cuticle

Go back and nip any little pieces of cuticle that were left behind around the edges of the nail.

Don’t go heavy with the nipper and cut things you don’t need to. If you’re using the cuticle pusher the right way by pushing the cuticle back and removing it properly, there should be little for you to nip.

Buffing the nails

7. Buff the nails

Use a buffer to gently buff the nail. I use an up-and-down motion.

Avoid going side to side unless you need a bit more aggressiveness to smooth it out.

Make sure you’re smoothing out the entire nail plate and all around the edges, removing any oils and rough areas.

Wiping nails

8. Wipe the nails off again

Wipe off all of the dust from the nail plate and the edges, so that when you start polishing you don’t have any dust particles left.

Applying base coat

9. Apply a gel base coat 

I like using a gel base coat to polish.

Again, make sure you’re getting the polish all around the nail and the edges. Get as close to that cuticle bed as possible without getting into the cuticle bed.

Applying top coat

10. Apply a top coat

After the nails are polished, you’re ready to top coat.

Cleaning nail

11. Clean the nail with alcohol

Use 99% alcohol and a lint-free pad to wipe off the remaining residue that the gel leaves behind on and under the nail.

Applying cuticle oil

12. Apply cuticle oil

Apply and rub cuticle oil into the cuticle.

Completed healthy nails manicure

Healthy nails manicure

Here we go! A perfectly polished and beautiful manicure. This is the process I use with every single one of my clients.

Look how healthy the cuticles look, and the polish is nice and neat!

Let me know what you think about this healthy nails manicure process down below.

You may also want to check out my post on How to Fix a Broken Nail in 6 Easy Steps.

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  • Cuticle remover
  • Cuticle pusher
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