DIY Manicures by the Stylish Housewife

7 Dec

Contemporary Christmas

 With a season of parties and holiday festivities surrounding us this month you may want to pay extra attention to your nails, though with such busy schedules during December it can be difficult to get that extra time to treat yourself. Which is why pampering yourself at home could be the answer and thanks to the Stylish Housewife DIY manicures just became a little easier…

  Here we highlight three manicures the Stylish Housewife gives us step-by-step instructions on how to achieve.

Manicure Must-Haves

  • Sally Hansen miracle cure or essie’s “Feed Me” for the base coat
  • OPI top coat
  • Nail Brush
  • Cuticle Cutters
  • Nail Clippers
  • OPI rapid dry spray
  • Nail file
  • Nail polish remover, the Stylish Housewife recommends Butter London’s nail lacquer remover
  • essie corrector pen, must-have for nail stamp manicures

CONTEMPORARY CHRISTMAS, this manicure is fabulous for the Christmas season when you want festivity but not a too obvious design.

  1. Remove nail polish before showering, then use a nail brush to scrub nails so cuticles are clean and soft. Push the cuticles back with the cutters and then pull them back to cut them.
  2. Cut nails with a slight point to them and file into shape.
  3. Paint on base coat.
  4. Paint on two coats of base color, waiting a few minutes between coats to ensure coats have dried. For the above manicure essie “sew psyched” shade has been used. Start in the middle of your nail with the first stroke and then do the sides. DO NOT paint the cuticle area!
  5. Follow with OPI top coat.
  6. Spray on OPI’s rapid dry spray.
  7. To achieve the nail art images shown in dusky gold you need the Konad Nail Art Stamping Kit and you are set!

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California Love




CALIFORNIA LOVE, a simple manicure with just enough shine for the holidays!

  1. Follow steps one to three as above.
  2. Using essie’s “French Affair” on all nails except the ring finger and Revlon’s “Silver Dollar” on my ring finger nail this is an easy manicure to achieve.
  3. Use the Konad Stamp Kit to paint on the palm tree and then paint on a fast dry top coat for a shiny quick finish.

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Party Time Mani


PARTY TIME MANI, when you need a quick manicure for a night out this versatile design could not be better. Use any color on the base you desire but the one shown here is fantastic for a fresh party look.

  1. Follow steps one to three as above.
  2. Using two layers of Cult Nails “Devious Nature” as the base color and one layer of Wet N Wild “Party of Five Glitters” over the top get a quick party look with minimal fuss!
  3. Follow with OPI top coat.
  4. Spray on OPI’s rapid dry spray.

More Info

It really is that simple to achieve fabulous manicures at home without the salon price!

For more DIY manicure ideas visit the Stylish Housewife’s blog or let me know your favorite manicure design ideas…


2 Responses to “DIY Manicures by the Stylish Housewife”

  1. LoveNiki December 7, 2011 at 11:01 pm #

    very glamorous

  2. Lavina December 23, 2011 at 1:39 am #

    really cool find parmie!!

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