Create a soothing environment. Offer a basic selection of drinks, snacks, and/or entertainment.
Place towel, then adequately sized bowl or basin with hot water (as hot as comfortable) and desired additions, on a table at a comfortable height where you can sit across from each other. Essential oils of choice and bubbles make a traditional luxurious touch. Ensure good task lighting.
Remove old polish if needed.
Soak fingertips/hands for ten to fifteen minutes.
Use a cuticle pusher to push back cuticles, removing loose dead skin around the nail. If there’s a lot, you might want to use a cuticle trimmer.
Trim, file, and buff nails. Gently clean under nails with the cuticle pusher.
Dry, then moisturize and massage hands. Apply cuticle oil to cuticles and nails; massage in.
Apply a clear base coat, two coats of desired color, and a clear top coat. Let coats dry completely before the next one; keep them thin and even. Keep common polish colors on hand.