BEST BEAUTY TIPS FOR BEAUTIFUL NAILS

#1. Keep your hands very clean.

Before you do anything, it’s important to make sure your nails and the skin around them are thoroughly dirt-free. Then remove all traces of your last color with an acetone-free remover (anything else unnecessarily dries out your nail). Applying soap to a toothbrush, then gently scrubbing your nails and skin. This will remove dirt and exfoliate any dead skin without the need for harsh, drying chemicals or expensive scrubs.

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#2. Always gentle.

Your nails are delicate, and scrubbing them too roughly can actually expose you to infection. Another no-no: Using metal nail tools under the nail, as too much digging under the nail plate will cause it to separate from the skin.

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#3. Trim regularly.

Regular trims are as important to your nails as they are to your hair. So set aside time to clip them every two weeks, adjusting to more or less often once you see how your nails respond.

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#4. Value health over length.

Long nails are beautiful, but if you’re someone who has struggled with snags or breakage. Keep your nails short — at least to start out with. A shorter style with a rounded edge tends to be easier to manage and looks neater, so you can focus on building strength without worrying about anything else. As long as each nail is uniform in shape and matches its nine neighbors, you won’t miss the added length.

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#5. Always have an emery board on hand.

If you’re someone whose work or gym routine causes a lot of wear and tear, keeping a nail file handy to smooth away any rough edges that happen on the spot. The best way to do it? Work in one direction with the grain of your nail for a smoother finish.

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#6. Don’t cut your cuticles.

The cuticle has a very important purpose to serve: It seals the area at the base of the nail. So when you cut or remove the cuticle, it breaks that seal of protection, leaving you vulnerable to bacteria and the possibility of infection. The better you are at leaving cuticles alone, the more your nails will thank you. But if you’re dead set on messing with them: gently pushing back the cuticle once a week with a wooden orange stick after getting out of the shower, then massaging them with a cuticle cream or thick, creamy lotion.

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#7. Take care of your tools.

Disinfecting your nail tools between uses is just as important as regularly cleaning your makeup brushes, and for the same reason — bacteria. To keep your nails happy and infection-free. Washing metal tools with soap and water and then wiping with rubbing alcohol. And don’t forget to regularly replace disposable tools like emery boards. There’s no reason to continue using a tattered tool when it’s so easy to rotate in a new one.

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#8. Never forget to use base coat.

Painting your nails at home is no excuse to cut corners by skipping the base coat. This step not only protects the nail from being stained by the polish, but also helps the color look more saturated and opaque with just one coat. And if you really want to take things to the next level: adding a coat of clear gloss between each layer to add extra shine and protection.

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#9. Seal the deal with a top coat.

Don’t think you’re squirming your way out of using top coat, either. This step is just as important, as the top coat seals in the polish’s color and adds a much-needed gloss finish to your digits. Adding another top coat layer every three days to decrease chipping, so you’ll get the most out of your manicure. Seriously, what’s the point of spending all that time painting your nails if it only lasts a day?

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#10. Always moisturize.

You wouldn’t go to sleep without moisturizing your face, so why should your nails be any different? Use a mix of almond and avocado oils to keep cuticles and nails hydrated while you get some shut-eye, but any nutrient-rich oil or moisturizer will do. In a pinch, you can even use a dab of lip balm.

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#11. Use protection.

Gloves, ladies, gloves — get your mind out of the gutter! Whenever you’re cleaning with harsh chemicals, gardening, or doing anything that involves soaking or dirtying your hands: wear rubber, vinyl, nitrile or plastic gloves, preferably with a cotton liner. Cleaning dishes in hot, soapy water sans gloves can weaken the nails, while getting them caked with dirt from gardening will require a level of cleaning that you want to avoid wherever possible. Similarly, now that the weather is getting chilly, remember to wear a pair of mittens or gloves so that the cold air and wind don’t undo the hard work you did moisturizing, leaving you with dry, flaky, scaly skin.

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#12. Consider your diet.

Your fingernails are made of a protein called keratin, so just as with the clarity of your skin or the shine of your hair, you can improve your nails by tweaking your diet. Adding vitamins and supplements like biotin, Vitamin E, and fish oil to your daily regimen, protein-rich foods like beans, fish, and nuts. Once you hit on the combination that works for you, you’ll be rewarded with stronger, clearer nails.

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#13. Your hands silky soft.

To make your hands silky soft, use jojoba oil, and you can use aloe extract to heal the cracks which you may get during cold weather around your cuticles.

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#14. Using hand cream.

Nails are 10 times more porous than the skin surface of our body and hence more prone to breakage. So every time you use soap or water in your hands and if your nails are really soft and brittle, it’s best to use some hand cream on your nails too, so that they remain hard and strong.

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#15. Growing your nails.

If you want speedy growth of your nails, use gelatin. Gelatin helps in boosting the nail growth. You can also use a basecoat having gelatin as its main ingredients under your polish.

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#16. Use cuticle oil daily.

For proper cuticle care, don’t forget to use cuticle oil daily. Use this oil twice a day to get healthy cuticles and beautiful nails. Cuticle oil or cream specially formulated to keep nail cuticles healthy is a good investment.

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#17. File your nails.

File your nails in one direction only. Use a 240 grit filer if you want to file your nails and don’t use metal filers as they are harmful for your nails.Do not forget to buff, again do not buff too much if your nails are soft.

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#18. Don’t leave sharp edges.

Wearing nails having sharp edges are more vulnerable to breakage. It’s best to grow nails faster about 3/8ths and have them rectangular with rounded edged so that they stay on and don’t break easily.

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#19. No Bubbles In Your Nail Polish.

Bubbles look ugly in the nail polish, so to avoid them don’t shake your nail polish bottle. Instead, roll it in between your both palms and then apply it on your nails.

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#20. Apply nail polish in thin layers.

Never apply your nail polish in thick coats. Apply your polish in two thin coats. It will make your polish dry faster with fewer smudge marks and it also prevents chipping. As thicker coats take a lot of time in drying and they also chip fast.

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#21. Avoid chipping.

To avoid chipping faster, the first measure is to apply your nail paint in thin layers as discussed above. Second measure is to paint the top edge of your tip and also paint little on the underside of the tips. This way your polish does not chip and you can enjoy your manicure for longer.

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#22. Clean extra polish off cuticles.

This step is very necessary to have a clean and beautiful manicure. Clean your cuticles by dipping a Q-tip or flat nail brush into nail polish remover. Also, if you smudge your polish or make a mistake dip your Q-tip or brush in remover and amend the mistake. This is also very helpful in case you chip the nail and don’t have enough time to paint your nails again, for this just use your brush dipped in remover to wipe off the nail paint from the tips and repaint them.

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#23. Give some time to dry your manicure.

At least give one hour to your new manicure to dry completely. Also don’t use dry heat like blow-dryer to dry your nails.

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#24. Apply top coat.

If you want to make your manicure look more glossy and professional, use high shine fast drying top coat. Top coat not only gives shine to your nails but also prevents chipping and color fade thus long life of your nail art. If you want matte finish, use matte topcoats. When your nails are dry enough to touch, apply cuticle oil and it will further prevent smudging and moisturize your cuticles.

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#25. Avoiding brittle nails.

To avoid brittle nails, give them a salt bath.
Add four tablespoons of sea salt (ordinary salt which we add to our food) in one litre of water and soak for 15 minutes. Afterwards dry your hands and apply cuticle softener on your nails.

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