Lavish, luscious, knock-out fingernails are frilly, fun and festive. Whether you spend most of your time in an office, out and about on the town, or you prefer staying in the comfort of your own home, painting and decorating you fingernails adds glitz and glamour to your hands, your mind and your mood!
A manicure is a cosmetic beauty treatment for the fingernails and hands, performed at home or in a nail salon. A manicure consists of filing and shaping of the free edge, pushing (using a cuticle pusher) and clipping (with cuticle nippers) any nonliving tissue such as hangnails, treatments, massage of the hands and the application of fingernail polish.
Fingernails polished to sheer perfection!

Nail art, in addition to painting the fingernails, includes the painting of pictures and designs on the nails, or applying small decals or imitation jewels. Other nail treatments may include the application of artificial nail gel nails, tips, or acrylics, a popular one being the French manicure.
Manicure Fun Fact: The English word ‘manicure’ comes from the French word ‘manucure’, meaning “care of the hands”, which originates from the Latin word ‘manus’ for “hand” and ‘cura’ for “care”.
The popularity and fascination with nail art has increased in recent years due to a flourishing online community that shares tips, tricks and designs via social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest.
Put your manicure know how to the test, decorate your nails so they stand out heads and tails above the rest!

Manicure Fun Fact: Manicures began about 5,000 years ago. Jeff Pink, founder of professional oil brand Orly, is famed with creating the natural nail look later called the French manicure in 1976. French manicures are characterized by a lack of base color, or a natural pink base nail with white tips. The nail tips are often painted white, while the rest of the nails are polished in a pink or suitable nude shade. Another popular technique is to whiten the underside of the nail with white pencil and paint a sheer color over the entire nail.
Hot Oil Manicure Fun Fact: A hot oil manicure is a specific type of manicure that cleans the cuticles and softens them with oil. Types of oils that can be used are mineral oil, olive oil, lotions or commercial preparations in an electric heater.
Heat your hands and nails up to 100% va va voom allure with glamour, fancy nail art! A winner for sure!

How to Perform a Do It Yourself Home Manicure:

  1. Remove any old or chipped nail polish. For natural nails, use a nonacetone polish remover.
  2. File the nails into your desired shape. What looks modern now is shorter with rounded edges. File your nails in one direction.
  3. Soak your fingers in warm soapy water for a couple of minutes to soften the cuticles.
  4. Rub cuticle cream into the cuticles of the nails.
  5. Use a Qtip or nail stick to gently push back the cuticles.
  6. Wipe the nails with a damp cloth to ensure that you remove any oils or residue left from the cuticle cream. Pat the nails dry.
  7. Apply a clear base coat to the bare nails and let them dry (this permits the polish to stick to the nails easier and prevents smudging).
  8. Stroke your nails with the fingernail polish color or colors of your choice. A good, thick polish should only need one coat of color. Generally a nail needs three brushes of polish: one stroke down the center and one stroke on the left and right side of the nail.
  9. Once dry, apply a topcoat of clear polish. This will provide a lustrous shine and help seal the color, eliminating chips and divots.
  10. If desired, display your creativity by decorating away! You can use jewels, glitter, decals, various colors of polish, etc. to add glitz, glamour and pizzazz to your nails and hands!

Common Manicure Tools and Supplies:

  1. Bowl of warm water or finger bath
  2. Cuticle knife and clippers
  3. Cuticle pusher/Hoof stick
  4. Manicure table
  5. Nail art
  6. Nail brush
  7. Nail buffer
  8. Nail clippers
  9. Nail file/Emery board
  10. Nail scissors
  11. Orange stick
  12. Cotton Balls/Qtips
  13. Hand cream
  14. Hand towels
  15. Massage lotion
  16. Nail polish
  17. Nail polish remover

Great Nail Decorating Tools:

  1. Nail art cane slices
  2. Flocking powder
  3. Glitter
  4. Gems, stones, jewels
  5. Decals
  6. Small dried flowers

Glitzy, glamorous nail art – do it yourself manicures are a great place to start!
Paraffin Wax Treatment: Hands can be dipped in melted paraffin wax for softening and moisturizing. Paraffin wax is used because it can be heated to temperatures of over 95 degrees F (35 degrees C) without burning or injuring the hands. The intense heat allows for deeper absorption of emollients and essential oils. The wax is usually infused with various botanical ingredients such as aloe vera, azulene, chamomile, tea tree oil and fruit waxes such as apple, peach and strawberry.
After the hands have been dipped in the paraffin wax, they are wrapped in either plastic or aluminum foil, or a special type of plastic bag or glove, then covered with a towel or special mitten to retain warmth. The hands are left for a few minutes before the paraffin wax is cooled and dried.
Soft, sensual hands and striking nail art make for a glorious blend of hand happy grand!

Nancy Mangano’s Manicure Fashion Tip: The shape and length of the nails can make all the difference in a fancy, festive, fun manicure. Various nail shapes include almond, oval, pointed, round, square, square oval, square with rounded corners and straight with a rounded tip. The square oval shape is sometimes known as the ‘squoval’, and is considered a sturdy shape, useful for those who work with their hands.
Let’s give a hand and take stand for the decorated, ornamental nail art plan!
Jeweled up nails make a girl as happy as jeweled up body jewelry!
“I booked a professional manicure tomorrow and I’m not sure what nail polish color to choose.”
“May I suggest something bold, neon and spicy? Or perhaps a more elegant color will do.”
“I think I’ll do a burgundy nail with clear rhinestone studs.”
“Decorate them with glitter and flowers; too plain you’ll have nail duds.”
“Maybe I’ll paint each nail a different color and add a matching stone.”
“How about doing the nails in bright red, and the pinky fingers in pink all its own?”
The joys of nail happy manicures? You can be creative, artsy crafty and come up with nail designs that are all your own!
Watch for Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, coming to bookstores and online bookstores in February 2017.
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website, Twitter @, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano


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