I've made a little diagram on how to do a basic manicure...
Allow me to elaborate...
1) Gather your supplies: (Clear) Base coat, (clear) top coat, nail file, nail clippers, cotton ball, nail polish(es)
2) Remove dirt and old polish. This will not only make your manicure smoother, but last longer, too!
3) Clip your nails, then file them.
4) Apply one even base coat.
5) Apply nail polish.
6) Apply one even top coat.
Be on the lookout for my nail tips and tricks post soon!