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Manicure 101: Everything you need to know Going to the salon for manicure is a relatively affordable indulgence that can enhance your style. Whether you're new to the experience or just want a new idea for the next time you go, that's what you need to know. types Although your manicure is infinitely customizable to suit your style, here are the most common options: Basic A basic manicure begins by softening your cuticles in a cream or oil and soaking your hands in water for about five minutes. Your manicure will ask you to choose the shape, length and color you want for your nails. Then she will cut and film them in the desired shape - either square, round, somewhere between or pointed (also called stilettos). She will massage your hands and push back your nails. Healthy nails will enhance the finished look. Finally, she will paint your nails with a base coat, followed by one to two layers of the colored polish you have chosen, and then a clear top coat. Usually, the manicure will lead you to the nail dryer to set the polish. - French and American A French manicure is a classic, elegant look that suits almost every occasion. The nail is painted in a clear, pale pink or neutral color with a white tip. The American manicure is similar to the French style, but the tips are rounded and given a neutral or white color to look the look. - Nail art Some may choose to decorate their manicure with airbrush, stickers, 3-D elements such as small bows or flowers, or rhinestones and beads. Decoration can be added to just one finger or all of them. This look has become particularly popular in recent years, and the options for creating your style are endless. - Gelpolsk Gel polish combines monomer liquid and a polymer powder to create a hard resin when cured under UV light. It lasts longer and chips less than regular Polish. Because it can form its own shape, gel polish can extend the length of your natural nail, giving you the length you want without the expense of acrylic nails. To remove gel polish, you must soak your fingertips in acetone until it dissolves. - Tools The tools that the manicure uses are very important. Make sure your artist is licensed and uses appropriate cleanup procedures on all their tools. For the nails she usually needs a softener cream, a stick to push the cuticle back and a knife or scissors. She will also have fingernail mowers, a file, cotton balls, towels, polished remover and the creams and poles mentioned earlier. Now that you know what to expect, choose the manicure that best suits your personal style!