I used to get a professional manicure twice a month. I say USED to because it didn't take me long to realize that not only was it time consuming, but it was quite costly, and if I just bought the items I needed myself I could do it on my own. So I did...AND I put together a tutorial for you!
Bowl of warm water
Step 1: Prep your nails
Remove all nail polish and wash your hands and fingers.
Step 2: Soften your fingernails
Step 3: Cut, file, and push
File your nails so they are squared off. Use the cuticle scissors to cut any rough edges around your nails. Scoop and dig all the dirt and gunk out from underneath them.
Step 4: Pamper and Paint
Step 5: Decorate
I painted mine with 2 coats of paint, a nail sticker on each nail, and then a top coat!
Repeat on the other hand!
PS... the manicure tools I got were $5 from Walmart in a kit!