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Nail, Nail Polish Tips

+ Apply nail varnish remover before doing your nails even if don't need to remove any old polish, it prepares the nails by removing any grease so that your polish will last longer

+ If you're having trouble achieving the perfect French Manicure try using a white nail pencil underneath the nail tip instead of white polish you'll find it's much easier

+ Give your nail varnish plenty of time for each layer to dry to ensure a lasting finish

+ It's much better to apply lots of thin coats of color rather that one thick one, it will dry quicker and last longer

+ Try not to remove and reapply polish more than once or twice a week, as it will dry out your nails. Choosing a remover with built in moisturizers will help limit the damage

+ Try not to remove and reapply polish more than once or twice a week, as it will dry out your nails. Choosing a remover with built in moisturizers will help limit the damage

+ A hand massage will boost your circulation and encourage nail growth and is the perfect way to pamper yourself.

+ The most common nail wreckers are harsh detergents and water, which can stress nail fibers. So be sure to put rubber gloves on while you clean or do dishes. Also, avoid using perfume lotions that usually contain alcohol if your nails are brittle. It will only make your nails worse.
It may be possible that your calcium intake is low, as well.

+ Eat a diet composed of 50% fruit and raw vegetables in order to supply necessary vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Eat foods rich in sulfur and silicon, such as fish and onions. Include foods rich in biotin such as soy, brewer's yeast and whole grains.
- Cuts and cracks in the nails may indicate a need for more liquids. For getting rid of that drink plenty of water and other liquids
- Drink fresh carrot juice daily, this is high in calcium and phosphorus and is excellent for strengthening nails.
- If your nails are weak, splitting, fragile etc, the problem could be traced back to an inadequate water intake.

+ Don't store polish in a warm place as the polish will change consistency. Contrary to popular belief, it is a good idea to store it in the refrigerator.


Whether you prefer your nails to be long or short, they can still look stunning with a little know-how.

+ Wash and dry your hands.
+ Using a double-sided emery board, file nails using a gentle stroke. Avoid corners of your nails as this can weaken them.
+ Begin to shape your nails. The most popular shape to use is oval, but choose what is most suited to your hand and finger shape.
+ Apply a softener to your cuticles. Allow to site for a minute or so.
+ Transfer hands to a bowl of warm water and soak for an additional few minutes.
+ Gently push back the cuticles. This should not be painful.
+ Apply hand lotion and begin to massage the palm of your hand with the thumb of your other hand. This will help to circulate the blood. Work your way over the remainder of the hand and then repeat giving equal time to the other hand.
+ Before color is applied to nails, they must be cleaned and the easiest way to do this is with an orange stick that has been wrapped with cotton. Dip into nail polish remover and then rub over the surface of the nail. Check the nail for any creamy residue. When none remains, your nails will be ready for polishing.
+ Time for color. Pick up a small amount of polish on your brush and paint one stroke down the center of your nail. Your brush should hold just enough color to accomplish this. Stroke the sides of the nail and you are done. The nail should be completely colored in three strokes. Allow to set for a minute or so before applying the second coat.
+ Wait until polish is set (dry to the touch) and then apply the top coat. Don't skip this step as it not only adds life to your manicure, it will protect your nails as well.
+ Sanitize all of your equipment with alcohol and when they are dry, store them away until the next manicure.