Get rid of your old, cracked and sad-looking nail polish. Use a soft cotton ball doused with polish remover to scrub away the old paint.
Snip your nail tips until they are as long as you want them to be using a pair of nail scissors or clippers. Use a nail file to smooth the edges into a round or square shape -- your choice.
Rub the tops of your nails with a fingernail buffer to soften any ridges and bring out your nails' natural shine.
Rub some cuticle cream or nail oil into your cuticles and use an orange stick to push your cuticles back gently.
Give your nails another quick brush with a cotton ball dipped in polish remover to get any oily residue off your fingertips.
Soak your hands in a large bowl filled with warm water and either a drizzle of milk or a sprinkling of Epsom salt. Go ahead and close your eyes and pretend you're being pampered at a luxurious spa.
Pull your hands out of the water and dry them gently with a towel. Give yourself a mini hand massage, rubbing your favorite lotion into your hands and fingers to hydrate your skin.
Paint a base coat on your nails to prep your fingers for polish. Let it dry completely.
Slowly paint your nails with your color of choice. Dip your brush in your color, brush most of the paint off on the side of the bottle lip, then, working in slow strokes, paint each finger starting in the center of your nail. Work from the cuticle to the tips, repeating until your nail is covered. Let your first coat dry, then apply a second coat.
Top it all off with a top coat, designed to keep your paint look great without chips or scratches. Let it dry completely.
Dip a cotton swab in nail polish remover and use it to remove any stray paint that wound up on your skin.
Remove any old, lingering nail polish from your toenails by giving them a rub down with a nail-polish-remover-soaked cotton ball.
Soak your feet to softness in a bathtub filled with warm water and a handful or two of Epsom salt. Leave your feet in there for at least five minutes to soften up tough dead skin.
Go crazy on your feet with a pumice stone, working to buff away calluses and crunchy dead skin.
Dry your feet and treat them to a slathering of foot cream or lotion, rubbing in the moisturizer while your skin is still damp to lock in softness and moisture.
Trim your toenails so they are short and straight across using your toenail clippers.
Give the tops of your toenails a quick brushing with your buffer to get them nice and smooth -- the perfect canvas for your paint.
Swipe a cotton ball dipped in polish remover over your toenails to get rid of any moisturizer and give your polish a nice, clean surface to stick to.
Brush on your base coat and let it dry completely.
Slick two coats of color on your toenails, letting your first coat dry for two minutes before you start on the second coat.
Finish up with a top coat and sit still until your toes are totally dry. (Grab a magazine or catch a sitcom.) Let the paint sit for a solid 30 minutes before you stick your feet into a pair of shoes.