18 October 2008

Steps To Make Perfume

Choose Formula1. Choose the formula.
You need to decide what kind and what smell of perfume you want to make. Then go find the formula or get experiment for yourself to produce the desired result.

2. Go hunt the essential and fragrance oils.
Essential and fragrance oils were the primary ingredients you should consider. You should find the best quality for the perfume because high quality perfume depends on high quality oils. Essential oils are much more expensive than fragrance oils.

Fragrance OilIt advised to use fragrance oils first to save on money until you've become more skilled. And don't forget to learn and understand the health risks associated with essential and fragrance oils. There may be some formulations or recipes which could cause health problems if the oils included in them are used incorrectly.

Alcohol3. Don't forget alcohol.
Alcohol is used as solvent, helps to reduce the strength of the oils.

4. Use the right utensils.
UtensilsAlthough you're not producing food, don't belittle if you're producing perfume. Utensils for measure, mixing or storing should be separate from your kitchen's utensils. It is better that you use measuring devices that allow you to exactly measure out the amounts of oils and solvents required. It is best if you use measuring devices made from glass so that you can see what is inside and when handling any formulas then use a funnel with a narrow long neck.

Fixative5. Put the fixatives in.
Fixative used to lower the rate of evaporation of the fragrance or essential oils. All of the utensils that you need you can get at a local shop. Or if you don't have time to go you can search in internet. There are plenty of places which sell perfume kits.

17 October 2008

Make Money By Make Perfume

MoneyDo you know that you can make a profit 15x from selling perfume? You just only have $500 for modal to make 100 perfumes than sell about $50-100 each. Really interesting!

Of course, we’re all know that people were looking to produce their own perfume has problems and challenges :
  • How and where to find the ingredients?
  • How about the packaging? Is it in bottles, spray nozzles or other package?
Well don’t worry about those problems. Go get the internet! Search it and find it! You can order it on line, and the great things is, it can be deliver to your address. You don’t even have to bother to search door to door in every shop. You will find that you can obtain the ingredients you need at a reasonable price.

However, there are some things which you will need to remember before you commence making your own perfume, and some of these are shown below.
  1. PerfumeNaming and labeling your perfume. Something catchy so people will remember it. Simple artwork would be best for the label.
  2. Make a list for the required Ingredients.
  3. Search the best bottles, lids and pumps. If you want your perfume to be look good, spend money little bit more into. Just take a wander around your local antique shops or bric-a-brac shop, and you will soon find a wealth of different perfume bottles that you could use. Sometimes people attract from its bottle and applicator.
  4. PerfumeChoose the best fragrances
  5. Good environment. It is important that you are in a sterile environment before pouring the perfume into the bottles you have chosen and bought.
  6. Final touch. Be creative! Present your finished product to customers. Put it in a box, or wrap it in a decorative plastic or anything look attractive to customer.
How to Sell Perfume
  1. InternetThe best place to start is the internet! There are many sites and companies which will provide you with all the necessary information you need in order to start up. For a small outlay, you could actually set up your own website and sell it from there. There are even people who have set up sites which will not only help you to build your site, but also help with the marketing and promotion of the product you have to offer. When you decide to sell your own perfume, you will need to make some outlays in order to get the business started, include :
    - costs for purchase the ingredients for making the perfume
    - the bottles to putt the finished product into
    - labels that will be affixed to your finished product’s bottles
    - cost for the package
  2. Other effective way to sell is selling through word of mouth of friends and family.
The PrizeDollarIt’s advisable that you keep a record of all of your outgoing expenses so that you can price your perfume accordingly. The usual pricing equation is to triple the price it has cost you to manufacture your product. For example, $5 to produce each bottle, sell it for at least $15. As you can see producing your own perfume is a simple process and if it is something you have always considered doing then why not give it a go.

Simple Recipes To Make Perfume At Home

In this chapter we will look at a number of different recipes, not just for perfumes, but colognes and body sprays as well, which can easily be made in your own home.

The first recipe we will be looking at is the basic perfume recipe. This is the simplest of all perfume recipes that you can reproduce at home.

Simple PerfumeSimple Perfume
Materials and ingredients :
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cup fresh chopped flower blossoms (lavender, lilac, orange blossoms, honeysuckle)
Preparations :
  • In a bowl, put a cheesecloth (make sure that the edges of the cloth hang over the side of the bowl).
  • Fill with 1 cup of flower blossoms.
  • Pour water over them until they are completely covered.
  • Cover the bowl and allow it to sit overnight.
  • The next day, take hold of the edges of the cheesecloth hanging over the side of the bowl and lift it up.
  • Gently squeeze the scented water produced into a small pot.
  • Place this water into a pot and allow it to simmer until there is about 1 tsp left of the liquid.
  • Allow solution to cool, and place it in a small bottle.
  • Shelf life : 1 month.
Perfume With Essentials/Fragrance Oil
Fragrance OilMaterials and Ingredients :
  • 4 drops Sandalwood
  • 4 drops Musk
  • 3 drops Frankincense
  • 2 tsp Jojoba oil (or other carrier oil)
Preparations :
  • Mix all of the ingredients together in a bottle and shake well.
  • Place them in a dark colored bottle.
  • Allow the perfume to settle for at least 12 hours.
  • After the time, store it in a cool dry area.
Perfume With Essentials/Fragrance Oil and Water/Alcohol
Materials and Ingredients :
  • Essential Oil2 cups distilled water
  • 3 tbsp Vodka
  • 5 drops Lavender
  • 10 drops f Chamomile
  • 10 drops Valerian
Preparations :
  • Mix all these ingredients together in a bottle and shake it well.
  • Transfer the mixture to a dark colored bottle.
  • Allow the bottle to stand for 12 hours or more.
  • After 12 hours, it can be used, and then stored in a cool dry area.
Cologne With Lemon Flavor
CologneMaterials and Ingredients :
  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 1 cup Vodka
  • 3 drops Lemongrass
  • 10 drops Lavender
  • 10 drops Lime
Preparations :
  • Combine the essential oils with the vodka in a bottle and shake well.
  • Set a aside for 3 weeks.
  • After the time, add the distilled water and then let it stand for a further week. (Don’t forget to shake the bottle once a day while it is standing over the 4 week period).
  • After 4 weeks, transfer the mixture to dark bottles for storage in a dark cool place.
Body Splash With Citrus Aroma
Materials and Ingredients :
  • Body Splash2 cups distilled water
  • 3 tbsp vodka
  • 1 tbsp lemon (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp orange peel (chopped)
  • 5 drops Lemon Verbena
  • 10 drops Mandarin
  • 10 drops Orange
Preparations :
  • Mix the fruit peels with the vodka in a jar, cover and let it stand for 1 week.
  • After the time, strain the liquid and add the essential oils and distilled water to it.
  • Let the mixture stand for a further 2 weeks (shake the jar well once a day during this time).
  • Place the final solution after the 2 weeks in a dark bottle or in a cool dark area.
  • Never imagine how simple make a perfume! Try it! You’ll like it, enjoy it, addict to it.

How To Make A Simple Perfume At Home?

There are 3 main ingredients needed for making home made perfumes, they are :
  1. Essential Oils
  2. Alcohol
  3. Water
These items were sold in many stores, such as, health store, beauty stores, or even in the internet for essential that difficult to find in public market or stores.

JugsFor the equipment, we need a simple :
  1. large saucepan
  2. large bowl (for mixing all the ingredients together)
  3. spoon
  4. measuring cups or jugs
Here are few easy recipes to make at home :

Perfume Basic Recipe
Material and ingredients :
  • Water
  • Chopped flower blossoms (another alternative : lilac or lavender)
Preparations :
  • Put the blossoms in a bowl
  • Add water then cover them and leave them overnight.
  • The next day, the solution can be put into small bottles and sprayed either into the air or on to your skin.
Very easy and simple!

Amaze PerfumeAmaze Perfume
Material and ingredients :
  • Hypericum perforatum
  • Cypress
  • Rosemary (or other essential oils)
Preparations :
  • Mix all the ingredients and materials together and stored overnight.
  • In the next 12 hours (or more), this mixture can be put into a dark spray bottle to be used.
Using a dark colored bottle will help the solution to remain fresh, which will be felt by the person using it when they apply it to their skin.

Whispering Rain
Whispering RainMaterial and ingredients :
  • Vodka
  • Distilled water
  • Sandalwood
  • Bergamot
  • Cassis essential oils (or other fragrance oils)
Preparations :
  • Stir all ingredients together and then stored overnight in a covered container.
  • Transfer this mixture to a dark colored bottle in the next day
  • Keep this perfume in a cool place in order that not dry up.
  • These three perfumes recipe were last for about a month before they lose their scent.
More Long Lasting Recipe
Material and ingredients :
  • Fragrance oils such as Sandalwood, Cedar Wood, Bergamot, Vodka and a little touch of Vanilla.
Preparations :
  • Put all the ingredients in a jar then shaken.
  • Put in a cool place and left for a week.
  • After next week, transfer the mixture into small perfume bottles.

Making Your Own Perfume

PerfumeProducing your own perfume is a great way of learning a new skill and also boost confidence and you will have fun when doing it. Some people make their own homemade or customized perfumes because it has a cheaper prices. You can also make you own perfume for the entire family or has a gift for a loved one or friend.

If you search in the internet on making perfume, you will soon find there are a many ways and different recipes to make it. But the most important thing you should think about before making any decisions, is what sort of perfumes it is you would like as your finished product. To know more about making your own perfume, check out the following tips.

Know what perfume you want to make
One of the first factors to consider is the kind of perfume and smell you want to make and which market you want to target.
  • PerfumeWould it be an eau de cologne, perfume concentrate or even an aftershave?
  • Do you want a general everyday office wear scent?
  • Do you prefer a sexy night-out perfume for the ladies?
  • a strong masculine scent for the men?
  • sweet and trendy for the hip, young market?
  • Does it have to be long lasting?
Remember that scents differ in their effects. Some induce calm and reduce stress, while some are made to rejuvenate. Some are made to seduce while some are just designed to refresh.

Perfume OilDetermine and prepare the ingredients
Next step is making a list of ingredients which needed to achieve that particular smell. Consider for possible combination. There are a lot of options you can choose from, such as patchouli, rose, and others.

If you already have a recipe that you would like to use, it may mean you do not need to bother experimenting with the ingredients you have. If you do not have your list of ingredients already prepared, then there are a couple things that you should know prior to making your list.
  • it is important that you experiment as much as you can.
  • perfume making is an art, and imagination and a great sense of smell will help you to overcome any lack of knowledge or experience.
  • there are 3 key ingredients you will need to produce perfume :
    - Essential Oil.
    - Pure Grain Oil
    - Water
The key ingredients include alcohol and fixatives. The best alcohol to use is one with great concentrations of ethyl alcohol. Fixatives meanwhile prolong the strength of a fragrance and hamper the rate of evaporation of a perfume. Among the usual fixatives are vanilla and sandalwood. Most of the ingredients used in perfumes can be bought at health stores or specialty stores. If you want a special ingredient that’s hard to find in your area, you can search on the Internet and have it delivered right to your house.

Perfume OilUse the best oils
The strength of a perfume depends on the percentage of essential oils that are diluted in alcohol and distilled water. Use droppers to allocate how many drops of oil you want to add. The more essential oils you use, the stronger the smell. But remember to use essential oils than fragrance oils because essential oils are natural and fragrance oils are synthetic. Also, use a base that will not degrade quickly, like jojoba oil or sweet almond oil, both of which are odorless.

There are 3 different types of oils, and these will ultimately influence the smell of perfume over time.
  1. Perfume IngredientsThe Base Oil (Base Notes) – produce scent that stays longest on the skin and usually added to the mixture first. Ex: Sandalwood, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Mosses, Lichens, Ferns
  2. The Middle Oil (Middle Notes) – influences the smell of the perfume for quite some time, but not as long as the base notes does. Ex: Lemon Grass, Geranium, Neroli, Ylang-Ylang
  3. Top Oils (Top Notes) – added to the mixture after the middle notes, and may then be followed by some other substance which will help to bridge the scents together. Ex: Orchid, Rose, Bergamot,Lavender, Lemon, Lime.
Choose the equipmentThe equipment and tools use in making perfume can also affect the way it will turn out. For instance, it is better to use glass containers when mixing and storing perfumes because glass does not react with the ingredients.

16 October 2008

Tips To Test The Perfume Before Buy

  • Perfume TestAlways try the fragrance on your skin before buy.
  • A fragrance sprayed on a cardboard piece of paper will give you an inkling of how it smells but not how it will smell on YOU.
  • Not all fragrances smell the exact same on each person coz different person has different body chemistries.
  • Spray the scent on the inside of the wrist and then allow it to warm and absorb into the skin.
  • Perfume TestYou can’t buy in decide which perfume you’re gonna buy hurried whether or not a scent is suitable for you or not. Instead, after applying it, give it half to an hour to make a proper determination.
  • You need to get attention and let your nose have a whiff of in every hour and see if the original scent retains its fragrance.
  • Once applied to your inner wrist never rub it on your other wrist as this can alter the scent of the fragrance tremendously.
  • It is best to test new scents one at a time. If you sample too many at once you will confuse your nose and wont know how to choose between fragrances.

Perfume : The Facts

Armani PerfumePerfume : Fact 1
60% - 90% of the cost of commercial perfume is marketing, not materials. The cost is not reflecting the cost of the materials. Most people think that designer perfume has all kinds of expensive and precious ingredients, and that's what makes it so expensive.

Why most modern perfumes have such a high price tag ? The answer is advertising!

PerfumeGlossy and popular magazine ads such as Cosmo, Bazaar , and other popular magazines. Primetime TV commercials featuring hired celebrities. Custom-designed boxes, fancy bottles, and glitzy packaging to make the perfume look expensive and attract the eye. Reseller's markup, which is usually twice the wholesale rate.

Perfume : Fact 2
It's now possible to chemically analyze and recreate most fragrances, including designer perfumes and it’s completely legal. It's impossible to copyright or patent a smell. The things you can reproduce with this technology is incredible.

BLV PerfumePerfume : Fact 3
Selling the materials for designer duplications used to be a tiny niche. There's a lot more demand due to designer fragrances' popularity with soap-makers and home users like us, so the products have gotten a lot better and more available. There are companies who specialize in making accurate designer duplication materials.

Apply Perfume For Longer Lasting Results

Apply PerfumeWhatever perfume you bought, expensive and branded name, but if you do not know the proper way to apply them, then the goal will be unmet. It is important to apply your perfume at the right places of the body so that it will last as long as it can for the whole day.

Fragrances react with heat so it’s important to apply perfume to pulse points like the elbow, wrist, back of knees and cleavage and remember, never rub your wrists together once you’ve applied perfume in these parts because doing so will just crush the scent.

SkinpH and Acidity Level of The Skin
High quality fragrance can lasts for about six to eight hours. But it depends on the type and pH level of the skin. pH determines how perfume or the ingredients react with body chemistry. The amount of acidity in skin or the pH level also varies in every person this is why perfumes work differently in each person.

Perfumes often last longer on oily skin because oily skin has more natural moisture that holds in the scent. How if I have dry skin? You may opt to use a fragrance-free moisturizer before applying your perfume or cologne to make the scent last longer. Another way, is you need to reapply your fragrance often. Dry skin doesn't retain scent as well as skin higher in oil content.

Apply PerfumeBest Part of Body to Apply
The best places to apply fragrance are between your breasts, around the ankles, the sides of the neck, and behind knees as these are your pulse points. Another tips for you ladies! Wear a small cotton ball sprayed with perfumes inside bras for a longer lasting scent. You can also spray lightly on your hair, it really help, although of course it will have to be really light lest you want your hair to react negatively.

You can also apply products that have the same scent. to layer on the fragrance and really lengthen the scent. For instance, if a certain scent comes in a lotion, perfume, and soap, then use all three before you go out to make sure you smell fabulous all throughout the day.

If you wear a watch or bracelet, be careful when spraying scents. The fragrance you apply could react to the leather or plastic strap or the gold or silver of the bracelet and dull the material so keep this point in mind when you apply your favorite fragrance.

Choose The Fragance
Fragrance PerfumeIf you’re a woman who wants a romantic and womanly scent, perfumes based on Ylang ylang are often ideal and great to use for dates. If you intend things to go a bit further, wear perfumes based on jasmine, patchouli, sandalwood, and rose which are known for their aphrodisiac properties. Jasmine has a very sensual fragrance that is said to have a great effect on the female hormones. Patchouli has a very strong musky scent that is often considered sexy. It can be overpowering sometimes on its own but when blended with other notes, it can be very seductive. Musk meanwhile is the powerful and potent masculine scent and is great to mix with other scents to add a touch of potent mystery.

Good ImpressionGood ImpressionA good rule of thumb for applying perfume is that less is more. This is particularly important to keep in mind if you are attending a social or business related event where there will be lots of people. Fragrance applied with a light hand to a pulse point is all that is really needed. Usually, big events equal lots of women and men wearing lots of other fragrances. There will be too much competition between fragrances may not be what you are striving for!

A great tip that is not well known for social event is to spray the outside of your hand instead of your wrist. This works because it allows the scent to defuse in an outward direction. It is airy. Another option is spraying the air and walk through the scent. Don’t worry about your outfit. It will not affect your clothing in any adverse manner.

Perfume Ethics

Perfume EthicsIt’s not right just because you like the fragrance you drench in your perfume. You may disturb other person. The sprayed perfume’s fragrance will follow you wherever you go, pierce every nostril in the vicinity and leave people choking on the smell for hours after! Try not to infringe on another's personal space.

Perfume Etiquette from Dr Tushar Guha, perfume expert gives some subtle hints on how to wear your perfume right :

  1. Choose perfume with care depending on the occasion.
  2. PerfumeYou need a little sophistication for a cocktail party, a meeting with one or two people, a day at the office, or a corporate event. You can go with a subtle scent that does not jerk an unsuspecting nostril out of its peaceful reverie.
  3. Go in for something stronger if you want to make a splash at a wedding, a party or on a night of clubbing, but don’t be too loud.
  4. We all want to be accepted and your choice of perfume should complement what you stand for.

Apply Perfume With Finesse

  • Apply PerfumeDon't splash the perfume all over your clothes. This will soil your clothes.
  • To make the fragrance sustain for a longer period, apply it behind earlobes, the upper sides of palms and on the right and left side of neck.
  • Don’t rub your wrists together after spraying on perfume. This will reduces the effect of the top layer of perfume.
  • If you don’t want the fragrance to smell to strong, you can do it in this way. Spray the perfume into the air and walk through it.
  • Apply PerfumeKeep the spray away from your nostril. This could lead to breathing trouble coz you may inhale the chemical ingredients in the perfume.
  • How much should the perfume spray? One round of application to all the pulse points will do. You could go in for round two if you perspire a lot.
  • You can also spray the perfume everywhere in your hair, handbag, cushions and sheets. But don’t spray it onto silk sari or tie, you will end up ruining your best silk!

Shopping Tips When Buy Perfume

Apply PerfumeSome people say don’t give a perfume as a gift for particular event. But, perfume may be a great gift. Why? Well, perfume is a very personal thing. You may smell one brand perfume smells really good, but other person may smell terrible. The same fragrance will smell different on two people as the body heat and inherent body odours are different. Like wise if you buy perfume, make sure you test your perfume on yourself and not your friend.

A fragrance will smell different several minutes after apply it, so give it some time. Don't rush into buying any perfume. The worst thing you can do is splurge on a perfume you are allergic to! To avoid that, apply a small amount on your wrist, the inner elbow or the back of your hand or arm. Wait for about an hour. If there is a reaction, you may allergy to the perfume.

11 October 2008

How To Make Manicure Last For Long Time?

You can have your manicure looking great longer. Well, there are several tricks you should do. Try this following step, you're gonna get a great looking manicure.
  1. Keep nails short. Long nails are more prone to chipping and breaking than short. Try no more than a quarter inch past your fingertips.
  2. Groom cuticles. It's peels easily, if you polish at overgrown cuticle. Keep cuticles in check by applying a drop of oil to them and gently pushing them back with a wooden tool. Don't cut cuticles! It can cause them to grow back even thicker.)
  3. Clean nails. Clean your nails with a cotton swab dipped in nail-polish remover. Any oil or lotion left on the nail bed will prevent polish from bonding to the nail and cause peeling in a day or two.
  4. Apply a base coat. Even if you're in a rush! A specially-formulated base coat gives colored polish something to stick to so it lasts longer.
  5. Apply polish in thin coats. Wipe one side of the nailbrush against the neck of the bottle to ensure excess polish is removed. Then sweep the brush up the length of the nail in thin coats. Thick coats of polish bubble and peel
  6. Allow polish to dry between coats. Manicure experts say that giving polish some time to dry before applying a second coat allows the first coat to form a better bond to the nail. The second coat will then bond to the first.
  7. Wrap polish onto nails. When applying polish, sweep a bit across the edge and under the nail tip.
  8. Apply topcoat daily. This step is very crucial! Top coat ensure your manicure lasts. Sweep on a protective topcoat daily to increase your nail polish's staying power.
  9. Toss old polish. Old nail polish is thick and gloppy. It doesn't have power for newer polish. If you can not bear to toss your favorite old bottle, add a bit of polish thinner to make it smoother.
  10. Protect hands from water. The polishing will lift off the nail if immerse hands in water too long. When washing dishes, remember always use rubber gloves and keep showers to a quick 10-15 minutes.

10 October 2008

Only 5 Minutes for Manicure!

I don’t have many times to wait until this nail polish dry! No problem! You can still have perfect-looking hands with this so-simple manicure :
  1. Step 1. Remove the polishing and wash your hands in warm and liquid soap water. Use a nail brush to clean under your nails effectively.
  2. Step 2. Dry your hands with a towel. Use a nail file to smooth any rough edges on your nails. Keep your nails just a bit longer than the tip of your finger. It's an easy-to-maintain length and will prevent nail breakage.
  3. Step 3. Apply a drop of cuticle oil to each cuticle and rub it in with a finger. Gently, push cuticles back with a wooden cuticle pusher. If you don’t want get hurt, don’t push it to hard.
  4. Step 4. Buff nails with a chamois or three-sided nail buffer. Buff just until your nails start to shine.
  5. Step 5. Apply a thick coat of lotion to hands, rub in well, and you're done!
What a very easy and simple step manicure. I can do this once or twice a week, but still can do my others activities.

Homemade Manicure

Manicure, hmm it’s a great beauty salon treatment. Nothing can compare to the luxury of getting pampered at the hands of a professional. But, for a busy and carrier woman, manicure may be the last thing you would do coz you don’t have a lot of time to do it. Good news for you! With this next steps you can do a homemade manicure for a elegant and glamor hands.

Material and Equipment for a Homemade Manicure :
  • Warm water
  • Olive oil or lemon juice
  • Moisturizing soap or mild facial cleanser
  • Moisturizing cream
  • Nail clippers/nail scissor
  • Orange stick
  • Towel
  • Nailbrush and polish
  • Emery board
The Process
  1. Remove the old nail polish layer thoroughly. You can use a wet cotton pad with the polish remover and hold this on the nails for a few seconds. The polish will dissolves into the solution immediately.
  2. Wash your hands with warm water and moisturizing soap. You can also use mild facial scrub for rough hands. Then dry your hands with a soft towel.
  3. Try to keep your nail length mid or short and oval in shape. But, again, it’s depends how comfortable you are. Clip the nails to a length slightly longer than the one you desire. Always ensure you keep away from metal files as these can hurt your nails. For filing, begin from the outer corners to the tips. If you don’t want your nails look jagged, avoid a back and forth motion.
  4. Soak your hands in a bowl full of warm water and add 2 tbsp of olive oil to this about 10 minutes. If you don’t have it, you can use orange Juice. This would soften your hands and cuticles. Use a nailbrush for the best result cleaning.
  5. After the cleaning step, apply some cuticle cream to the cuticles. You need to massage the entire hand with moisturizing lotion in a circular motion, your blood circulation will fluent.
  6. Push back cuticles by using orange stick gently. Avoid clipping the cuticles as this might give you an infection. Use a small pair of nail scissors to clip off any hang nails. Excess cream can be wiped off with the help of the nail polish remover.
  7. This was the favorite step, choose the color! Dark colors can make your nails appear shorter but are difficult to maintain on a daily basis. If you do not have the time for touch ups then go in for lighter shades since these will match any and every outfit on a regular basis.
  8. The application of the nail polish should always begin from the center of the nail with one stroke. Use two more strokes on the side and do not use more than the required polish on the brush. Allow at least a minute for it to set and then you can begin with your second coat. Use these steps for a homemade manicure on a regular basis to have beautiful and soft hands forever.


Manicure is a cosmetic beauty treatment for hands and fingernails. Manicure comes from Latin word, manus meaning hand and cure meaning care. Manicure treatment can treat only hands or fingernails or both. You can do it yourself at home or a manicurist will do it for you at his or her salon or spa.

A standard manicure usually includes :
  • Filing, polishing and painting fingernails
  • Shaping of the nails
  • Application of polish
  • Soaking hand in a softening substance
  • Application of hand lotion
  • Other special manicures, such as nail art : artificial nail tipsm acrylics or artificial nail gels
Purpose of Manicure
  • Improve the look and feel of hands and fingernails.
  • to clean, strengthen, shape, make attractive and sometimes even dress the nails.
Benefits of Manicure
  • Improves the health and texture of the hands and fingernails.
  • Preventing hang - nail formation.
  • Treating sore or broken skin if present around the nails.
  • Preventing nail damages like fragile tips, cuts or splits.
  • Massage that often accompanies manicure helps in improving the health of the skin by increasing blood circulation.
  • By improving the health of the skin, it discourages the wrinkling of the skin on hands.
Tools for Manicure
  • Bowl of warm water
  • Nail cutters or Nail clippers
  • Nail brushes
  • Nail filer
  • Nail buffers
  • Cuticle knife and clippers
  • Cuticle pusher
  • Orange stick
Supplies for Manicure
  • Cotton swabs
  • Liquid soap
  • Cuticle remover
  • Cuticle cream
  • Cuticle oil
  • Hand and body lotion for massage
  • Nail cleaners
  • Nail polishes
  • Nail polish remover
  • Sanitizing sprays
  • Hand towels
Procedure of Manicure
  1. Remove old nail polish using nail polish remover and cotton swabs.
  2. File the nails using a nail cutter or a nail filer to desired shape in one direction.
  3. To soft the cuticles, soak your hands in liquid sap in warm water for few minutes.
  4. Clean the cuticle using cuticle remover.
  5. Rub some amount of cuticle cream on cuticles.
  6. Push the cuticle back with an orange stick or a cuticle pusher.
  7. Massage your hands with a moisturizing hand lotion.
  8. Apply a base coat and let it dry for a minute.
  9. Apply first coat of the nail polish.
  10. Apply the second coat for deeper color.
  11. You can clean the left stray marks using a nail polish remover dabbed in cotton swab.
  12. Allow the nail polish to dry thoroughly and then apply the top coat of the nail polish.
Sanitize all the tools and supplies using sanitizing sprays after completion of the manicure procedure. Dry them and store them until the next manicure procedure.

Types of Manicures :

French Manicure
  • This is the most well known type of manicure.
  • Involves the application of clear or nail-colored nail polish on the body of the nail and pure white nail polish at the tips of nails.
  • The nails are shaped round, oval or square as per desire.
Paraffin Manicure
  • Either your hands are dipped into wax or warm wax is rubbed into your nails. This will make your hands soft.
Hot Stone Manicure
  • hand massage is given by using hot stone therapy.
Luxury Manicure
  • Use paraffin wax and heated mittens for softening and warming the hands and hydrating the nails.
Spa Manicure
  • Includes few additional steps than the normal manicure like a hydrating mask or an aromatic salt rub.

French Nail Art – French Manicure

What is a French Manicure?
This is like any normal manicure. The difference is the entire nail is painted with a base color and only the tips of the nail are colored with white polish. The nails are given a different shape that looks squarish rather than the conventional round shape. The entire coat is then covered with varnish. Nail art has sprung up to be very popular amongst most women today. Today, the creativity in nail art has reached new heights and French nail art is very much in vogue.

Nail art designs are highly suitable for nails that have undergone a French manicure as these provide a good base for nail art and are extended for longevity.

Nail Art Designs with French Manicure :
French nail art can be designed to look very stunning and can be the object of envy for others. Let us see some ways on how to achieve attractive nails to compliment to the outfits.
  • Choose from a glittery to a bejeweled look or even a textured style. Today, nail art includes the use of jewels on your nails to have sparkling nails for a formal do. Most salons experiment with small silver ringlets or similar jewelry when it comes to French nail art. All it requires is drilling a hole in the nail.
  • Try and experiment with different coloring techniques and paints to match with every occasion or theme. Some of the popular themes are jungle and animal themes.
  • French manicure nail art designs can also be use acrylic (weather its liquid and powder) or fiberglass and UV gels. There are ways where you can create permanent French manicure nail art designs with the help of dried flowers, glitters, acrylic shapes and bullion beads etc.
  • Some of the stones can also be used as stick-ons. There are plenty of readymade options available on the market. All you need to do is peel it off and stick it on.
  • There are also various airbrush techniques and colors blending options available. Another look that is gaining popularity is the reverse French tip. Here the white is used over the entire nail and the pink color in used on the tip. Another creative idea is the use of colored glitter on the tip.
Always ensure you follow all the instructions your salon may offer regarding nail care. This is primarily important when you experiment with nail art design and need to keep your nails maintained for a long period of time.

How to Give Yourself a French Manicure?
Steps :
  1. From daytime denim to evening elegance, the popular white-tipped look will never leave you wondering whether your polish complements your outfit.
  2. Pick up the tools at drugs store or beauty supply center : base/top coat, tip guide strips, neutral polish and white polish. Neutral polishes are very pale, sheer shades with a pink, beige or peach cast. Choose the kit which offer everything in one box.
  3. Clip, file and shape your nails. Tend to your cuticles, then wash and dry your nails completely. Apply the base/top coat and let it dry.
  4. Peel off a guide strip and affix it below the tip of a nail, following its natural curve. The guide will allow you to paint an even white tip with ease and precision.
  5. Decide where to place the guide strips based on the length of your nails. Usually, the longer the nail, the longer the white tip should be. Make sure that the arch of the guide is smooth and rounded and that the tip lengths are all relatively consistent.
  6. Paint each nail tip white, extending the brush stroke from the top of the guide to the end of the nail. Take care not to get any white polish on the body of the nail below the guide. Let the tips dry.
  7. Remove all the guides. Dissolve leftover adhesive by rubbing it gently with a cotton swab dipped in alcohol.
  8. Apply two coats of the neutral polish, letting the first coat dry before the second application. Finish with a thin layer of base/top coat.