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

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

  • Beauty experts have shared four simple steps to perfecting a home manicure
  • A blog post on Mecca’s website says you must prep, scrub, moisturise, then paint
  • Salon treatments remain off the cards for millions of Australians in lockdown
  • NSW, Victoria and the ACT are all in lockdown batting Delta strain outbreaks

Beauty experts have shared the four simple steps you should follow to achieve a salon standard makeover at home.

A blog post on the website of Australian cosmetics retailer, Mecca, says you must prep hands with a nourishing balm, scrub away dead skin with an exfoliator, moisturise with hand cream and cuticle oil, then paint each nail with a double coat.

Salon treatments remain off the cards indefinitely for more than 14 million Australians in lockdown across three states.

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

Beauty experts have shared the four simple steps you must follow to achieve a salon standard makeover at home – they are prep, scrub, moisturise and paint (stock image)

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

Further south in Canberra, residents have been warned they could be locked down for months as the ACT recorded nine new infections bringing the territory’s active cases to 176.

The news was somewhat brighter in Victoria which chalked 45 positive cases overnight – down five from the 50 recorded on Tuesday.

And with uncertainty looming about when lockdown will lift, nail pros at 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 a revitalising gel.

Their recommendations include Mecca’s own brand of 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 a revitalising gel

Before you take a brush to your nails, Mecca experts say its essential to moisturise your hands with a hand cream from brands like Mecca Cosmetica ($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 a revitalising gel, then moisturising your hands with a hand cream from brands like Mecca Cosmetica or Gallinee

Next, the experts advise giving your cuticles a gentle yet firm scrub using a product such as 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, then rinsed away to reveal supple skin and shiny nails. 

Before you take a brush to your nails, Mecca experts say its essential to moisturise your hands with a hand cream from brands like Mecca Cosmetica ($28) or Gallinnee ($24).

Once your hands have been cared for, it's time to paint your nails with a base coat, two to three coats of colour and a sheer top coat (stock image)

Once your hands have been cared for, it’s time to paint your nails with a base coat, two to three coats of colour and a sheer top coat (stock image)

They say you should also rub oil such as Essie’s Apricot Nail Treatment ($16.95) into your cuticles to prevent them from peeling.

Once your hands have been cared for, it’s time to paint your nails with a base coat, two to three coats of colour and a sheer 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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