The At-Home Spa: DIY Your Brows, Lashes, and Nails at Home
There are a lot of services available in the beauty industry these days. Anything you wanted plucked, waxed, extended, coiffed, dyed, tanned, etc. can be. But if you’re unable to make it to the salon or spa, or you’re just looking to save some coin by DIY-ing an expensive procedure, you can get salon quality results at home.
Treat yourself with these home options. Break out a candle and your favorite robe. Turn the lights down and the YouTube spa playlist up. Make an experience of taking care of yourself in this new routine, and have fun with the DIY beauty.
Getting your brows done is an inexpensive, quick way to feel like you’ve done something good for yourself. Well-shaped brows make a huge difference in your look. At home, you have a few options for shaping your brows yourself.
Plucking, of course, is always an option. It is important to do both eyebrows in balance. Use something with a straight edge, like a pencil, to position the arch and far end. The arch should be about ⅓ of the way from your nose. Be careful not to over pluck!
Waxing is not as hard as you might think. You can purchase an at-home wax kit with wax warmer, buy pre-waxed strips, or make your own sugar wax. Like plucking, try to apply wax in balance so you can keep the shape consistent throughout the process. You can cut wax strips into a curved shape to form the arch on top and bottom.
Threading is an art form, but you can do it at home. Use cotton thread and twist a loop. There are YouTube videos demonstrating the motion needed to get your eyebrow hairs plucked up by the twisted section of thread. Move this back and forth over the area you are shaping to achieve the perfect arch.
Without a regular lash extension appointment, your lashes may be looking a bit...ragged. Remove your remaining extensions by applying olive oil to them with a cotton ball or swab. Once they are back down to your natural lashes, consider the following alternatives to extensions.
Fiber mascara. It may be an old school option, but a fiber mascara can be a quick, simple option to grow your lashes in seconds.
Another oldie, but a goodie, is glued on lashes. If you have a hard time placing these on your lash line, using tweezers is a great hack. Move quickly, before the glue dries, to first place the lash against the inner corner of your eye and then move the tweezers to the outer end to place that as well.
For those who find themselves intolerant of too much glue or mascara on their lashes and looking for a mess-free alternative, consider magnetic false eyelashes. These reusable lashes have small bands of magnets at the lash line. Two pieces sandwich your natural lashes, snapping into place for a glue-free flutter.
We pay manicurists because they do such an amazing job. And because our right hand never comes out as good as our left when we paint our nails ourselves. But the truth is, we can definitely get great results at home. The nail art industry has boomed over the last few years, making goof-proof options for DIY mani-pedis.
Painting your nails with good old fashioned lacquer is always a viable option. With constant improvement in formula, some lacquers claim at least a week of chip-fee wear. Use a good base and top coat. Begin painting about a quarter of the way from the cuticle, using long strokes to the tip of the nail. Gently push the polish back towards the cuticle without touching it.
Polish strips are the simplest option for a quick manicure. Apply like a sticker to the nail and file off any extra length of the strip. That’s it! Get up to two weeks of wear.
At-home gel polish sets are easily purchased online. A small UV lamp and gel polish come with it. Apply the gel nail polish with the same care as lacquer and use the lamp to quickly cure.
Press-on nails come in packs with enough nails to fit your fingers. Attach with an inner sticker already on nails or with nail glue. File any rough edges like natural nails.
Going fully acrylic or dip powder at-home is also possible—but one which should be considered carefully. The skills needed to apply the products to your nails and skin safely may be best left to your manicurist. When mistakes are made, damage to your nails can be significant, and soak offs are required for both products.