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How to nail your manicure?

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nail your manicure

Nails and nicely groomed hands are one of the first things I notice on people. Short or (not too) long nails, it doesn`t matter as long as they are neat and clean.

Personally, I prefer to have my natural, short nails (but not very short, just long enough, finger-tip length), usually in some color, mostly red; but sometimes I go crazy and paint each nail a different color. No matter the style, or even if you wear them polish-free, nurtured and well groomed nails are a must.

Learn how to nail your manicure in 6 easy steps.

1. Three strokes & you are done

Use three strokes to apply the polish. Starting at the base of your nail, stroke the brush to the left, to the right, and then down the center.

2. But first, base coat

This one is very important because it gives the colored polish something to adhere to, making your manicure last a couple of extra days longer, and it prevents staining on your nails from pigmented paint - this one I learned the hard way, stuck with yellow-ish nails for weeks. Not a pretty sight.

3. No quickies!

 Quick-dry nail polishes are dehydrating and will dry out your nails.

4. Cold and dry

Holding your hands under cold water or dipping your fingertips into ice water for a bit helps them dry faster.

5. No dishes, please!

Hot water is the enemy for your nails (so no doing dishes after you`ve done your nails). Hot water causes the nail bed to expand, forcing the polish to expand with it, thus causing it to crack in the process.

6. Last but not least - top coat.

And always swipe the very tip of your nail.  You'll be less likely to get chips when typing and hitting your tips against the keys.


What are your favorite colors for this summer? Got any secret tips for a perfect manicure? Please share, I would like to know.
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Lola Byatt said...

hey gurrrl! love your new site :)

amazing tips, can you believe i only discovered what a top coat is like a year ago? xx

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