Manicures are cosmetic beauty treatments centered around the fingernails and hands. They may be administered at home or in a nail salon, and usually consist of such activities as filing, shaping of the fingernailsâ€™ edges, skin treatments, massage, and the application of nail polish. This is usually aided by soaking the hands in a special softening substance, then applying lotion for added softness and moisture.
During a manicure, the nails may be decorated with artificial tips, acrylics, nail gels, imitation jewels, small decals, or painted designs. The array of designs available are usually very beautiful, and vary with the establishment administering the manicure.