Thursday, 24 May 2012

Ideas for Goth Nails

Learn how to manicure at home! Here are 10 easy steps for giving a manicure--from filing to polishing--these simple hints will give you great-looking nails.

1. The first thing to is to exfoliate your hands. To do this, use a mixture of salt and hand soap or a commercial exfoliant hand lotion. Wash and dry hands. Remove any old nail polish you may have on.
2. Next, moisturize using hand cream or even a little olive oil. Let cream or oil sit for a few minutes and then wipe off excess.
3. Soak your fingers in a bowl of warm water to soak and soften the cuticles. Do not soak for too long as they will become too soft. You may also opt for simply using a cuticle softener and skip the soaking process.
4. Next, gently push back the cuticles using a cuticle stick. Do not cut them. If you have hangnails, cut them carefully with nail scissors or cutters. This is a key step, as overgrown cuticles make your fingers look shorter and your nails messy. NEVER skip this. It may hurt a little, but trust me, it's more then worth it.
5. Follow this with a shaping of the nails using a double-sided emery board, or a nail file, and shape them depending on your personal preference. I file mine into a pointy shape, as this makes my fingers look longer. Make sure you file in one direction to avoid rough edges.
6. Some people like to shine their nails with a buffer, but I find this unnecesary as it makes the nails thinner and weaker. It is your personal choice wether to do this or not.
7. Apply a thin clear base coat, try for this to use strengthening nail polish, such as Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle. This will help protect the nails and allow for longer polish wear, as well as depending on your choice of base coat help them groww faster and stronger.
8. Now you can put on color nail polish. For those of us who were banned from using black, which happens, remember that dark purple, wine red and metallic colors are always an option. Here are some designs for inspiration:

These are probably acrylic, but still very nice.


  1. You're reading my mind or something. We must be on the same brainwave. I just spent the past hour putting together a nail care post XD Great advice :)

  2. Hi, beautiful blog and nice post! :) I'm not exactly a goth girl, but I have goth nails! You (and your readers) can see them on my blog (yes, ANOTHER nails blog, I know..), I hope to see you soon there!