Covid-19 Australia: Mecca beauty experts reveal four steps to perfecting manicure at home in lockdown

Beauty experts share the secret to a perfect home manicure – and you can achieve one in just four easy steps

  • Beauty experts have shared four easy steps to perfect a home manicure
  • A blog post on Makkah’s website says to prep, scrub, moisturize and then paint
  • Salon treatments remain in lockdown for millions of Australians
  • NSW, Victoria and the ACT are all in lockdown against Delta tribe outbreaks


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Beauty experts have shared the four easy steps to follow to get a salon standard makeover at home.

A blog post on the Australian cosmetics retailer’s website, Mecca, says to prep your hands with a nourishing balm, scrub off dead skin with an exfoliator, moisturize with hand cream and cuticle oil, and then double-coat each nail.

Salon treatments are indefinitely suspended for more than 14 million Australians in lockdown in three states.

New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT are all under strict orders to stay at home as the regions battle new outbreaks of the highly contagious Covid Delta strain.

Beauty experts have shared the four easy steps to follow to get a salon standard makeover at home - they are prep, scrub, moisturize and paint (stock image)

Beauty experts have shared the four easy steps to follow to get a salon standard makeover at home – they are prep, scrub, moisturize and paint (stock image)

Sydney hit another grim milestone on Wednesday with a record 919 new cases and two deaths, despite nearly 150,000 residents being vaccinated in one day.

Further south in Canberra, residents have been warned that they could be locked up for months as the ACT has registered nine new infections, bringing the number of active cases in the area to 176.

The news was slightly brighter in Victoria, where 45 positive cases were recorded overnight – five fewer than the 50 recorded Tuesday.

And with uncertainty looming over when the lockdown will be lifted, nail professionals in Mecca say it’s time to take your fingertips into your own hands by learning how to care for them at home.

The experts say the secret to happy hands starts with removing old, chipped nail polish and nourishing your hands with a soothing balm or revitalizing gel.

Their recommendations include Mecca’s own brand Nourishing Hand Wash ($40) and Ren Clean Skincare’s Atlantic Sea Wash ($35).

The experts say the secret to happy hands starts with removing old, chipped nail polish and nourishing your hands with a soothing balm or revitalizing gel.

The experts say the secret to happy hands starts with removing old, chipped nail polish and nourishing your hands with a soothing balm or revitalizing gel.

Before brushing your nails, Mecca experts say it's essential to moisturize your hands with a hand cream from brands like Mecca Cosmetics ($28) or Gallinnee ($24)

Before brushing your nails, Mecca experts say it's essential to moisturize your hands with a hand cream from brands like Mecca Cosmetics ($28) or Gallinnee ($24)

The experts say the secret to happy hands starts with removing old, chipped nail polish and nourishing your hands with a soothing balm or revitalizing gel, then moisturizing your hands with a hand cream from brands like Mecca Cosmetics or Gallinee.

Next, the experts recommend giving your cuticles a gentle yet firm scrub with a product like Soap and Glory’s Flake Away ($16) or Byredo’s Vetyver Hand Scrub ($77).

These scrubs should be massaged into the hands in slow, circular motions and then rinsed away to reveal supple skin and shiny nails.

Before brushing your nails, Mecca experts say it’s essential to moisturize your hands with a hand cream from brands like Mecca Cosmetics ($28) or Gallinnee ($24).

Once your hands are cared for, it's time to paint your nails with a base coat, two to three coats of color, and a clear top coat (stock image)

Once your hands are cared for, it's time to paint your nails with a base coat, two to three coats of color, and a clear top coat (stock image)

Once your hands are cared for, it’s time to paint your nails with a base coat, two to three coats of color, and a clear top coat (stock image)

They say you should also rub oil like Essie’s Apricot Nail Treatment ($16.95) into your cuticles to keep them from flaking.

Once your hands have been groomed, it’s time to paint your nails with a base coat, two to three coats of color, and a clear top coat.

Mecca experts suggest polishes from Essie, which cost about $16.95, or JINsoon, which will set you back $26.

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