Remove any old polish that you have on. Dip a cotton swab in nail polish remover and remove it completely with no traces. Wash your hands well. Soak them in a tub of water for ten to fifteen minutes to soften them up. Dry them with a soft towel.
Now file your nails in the shape you want. Round shape filing is going to help you avoid nail breakage. File your nails in one direction to avoid jagged ends.
Now push back the cuticles. Do not pull the cuticles out. Push them back softly with your fingers. You can use a cuticle moisturizer to soften them up.
Now moisturize your hands with a lotion and soften them up. Massage them well.
Apply a base coat of polish. This can be a skin color. Let the base coat dry well before you proceed. Else, you will end up with smudged polish.
After the base coat is dry, apply a thin coat any nail polish color that you want. Use good quality nail polishes that keep for long and do not harm your nails. Let the first coat dry. Apply another coat to deepen the color. Let it dry well.
After the polish is dry, apply a top coat of clear polish. The polish helps keep the gloss and preserves the nail color for long. You are done with a perfect manicure.