As someone who regularly paints my nails on a bi-weekly basis, the importance of a step by step routine which I can do with my eyes practically blind folded has probably been my best nail discovery ever! This week I am going to cover all the essential steps to a near perfect manicure, the best you can do at home!

After investing in some new tools, products and even a bit more patience I can safely say my nails have been doing much better in recent times. Plus points include healthier nails, less chipping, longer prettier nails and admiring glances from pretty much everyone. Having a routine down is definitely the way forward. Here are my own tips for DIY manicure success. I hope you find them helpful.


imageMy routine starts with filing my nails using a decent nail file. Crystal files are better for occasional use, say once a month maximum. My current picks for crystal nail files would be Leighton Denny’s crystal nail file or OPI’s crystal nail file.


Both are equally as good and pretty easy to get your mitts on. If your nails are in a real mess I would get this out, but for general filing and smoothing, stay clear.




For quick filing between manicures, a two sided or multiple sided block file is a perfect purchase.


My current favourite is Nails Inc two sided nail file, a file I received in a set which has turned out to be a real find, my go to nail file. Its grits are not too harsh and leave my nails in fine form.


Alternatively Boots do some excellent multiple block files with different grits on different sides. These work quite well although I find the cheaper options to not tend to last as well on the whole.


imageAfter filing, nail polish removal would be the next step and non acetone nail polish remover is your best bet for a more pleasing end result.

I am currently using Superdrug’s Nourishing Nail Polish Remover and I am very pleased with it so far.

I have used other higher end non acetone polish removers and to be honest with you there is very little difference for me personally.



At this point, if you feel it is necessary, gently buff the surface of the nail to remove ridges. Try and do this minimally in your routine as buffing the surface will thin and weaken the nail.

Come back tomorrow for the next instalment of my nailcare routine.

What are your favourite files and buffers? What is your go to polish remover? Let me know in the comments.