(Images reprinted with permission from Seventeen Ultimate Guide to Beauty © 2012 by Ann Shoket and the editors of Seventeen, Running Press, a member of the Perseus Book Group.)
Trying to master the art of a perfect manicure is like asking a kindergartener to paint the Mona Lisa—nine times out of 10 there's color everywhere and the end result looks more like a big ol' mess than a masterpiece.
Now that nail art is everywhere
, this poses a major issue for those of us not ambidextrously blessed.
Lucky for us, the editors of Seventeen
magazine are willing to lend a helping hand. The glossy's new beauty bible Seventeen Ultimate Guide to
($19.95) hit stores this month and offers heaps of the best hair, skin, makeup—and you guessed it—nail how-to advice and inspiration. (Courtesy of Seventeen Ultimate Guide to Beauty)
Check out this simple three-step process from the book (which we're obsessed with by the way) on how to get the perfect at-home manicure:1) Shape:
Run a fine-grit emery board across your nails in a back-and-forth motion. When they're evened out, round the edges a bit to keep them from snagging.2) Prep:
Soak your nails in soapy water for five minutes to soften the cuticles, then gently nudge them back with an orange stick. Don't have a cuticle pusher? Use a towel or washcloth. Once cuticles are neat, apply hand lotion, then wipe off your nail beds.3) Polish:
Apply a base coat to protect nails from stains, then do two thin coats of nail lacquer. Finish with a clear top coat and let it dry fully. Reapply your top coat every other day for a mani that lasts.(Courtesy of Seventeen Ultimate Guide to Beauty)
Will you be giving this method a go? If so, tweet us photos @StyleBistro
and we'll re-tweet for all to see! Plus, we'd totally love to know your own personal secrets to getting flawless fingers. Share your advice in the comments below!