Having gorgeous nails can make you feel like a million dollars and give your outfit that extra edge if you are on your way to an important meeting, going on a hot date or going for a fun girls night out.
Doing your nails also doesn’t have to be for going out, staying in and doing your nails can be such a pamper session, especially for moms that don’t often get the time to do things for themselves.
If you want your nails to look gorgeous they will require a little bit of maintenance, here are some awesome tips for gorgeous nails:
Clean & Moisturize
The starting point for gorgeous nails is simply to look after your hands and nails.
Make sure to clean your hands and nails daily. Avoid using a metal nail tools under your nails to clean them as this will damage your nail and cause it to separate from your skin. This causes an irregular white arching nail tip. Clean your hands and nails with soap and water using a nail brush or even a toothbrush.
Don’t scrub your nails too vigorously – you want gently clean and exfoliate them without being too harsh.
Your hands and nails will dry out from using soap and water so make daily use of a good quality hand and nail cream. Keeping your nails moisturized will help to prevent them from becoming brittle and breaking.
Keep Your Nails Trim & Tidy
Make sure to have an emery board on hand all the time. If your nails have any sharp edges they will be more prone to breaking. File your nails in one direction.
Don’t use a metal file as this will damage your nails. Make sure to buff them too as this will help to keep them looking great, but keep in mind not to buff too much, especially if your nails are quite soft.
Your nails will become stronger and healthier if you keep them trim to start with, so set aside some time every 2 weeks to trim your nails. Over time you will be able to keep your nails longer.
Take Care Of Your Cuticles
Use cuticle oil daily and massage it into your nails and cuticles – this will help to keep your nails healthy and looking great. Never cut your cuticles – they protect your nails and hands against infection! If you do want to do something with them gently push them back using a wooden stick after your shower or bath before you use your cuticle oil.
Get Regular Manicures
Yes a manicure is a pampering session for sure and your hands and nails will look great afterwards, but it isn’t just about getting your nails done pretty. Having your nails professionally cared for regularly will help to keep them in better condition.
It will revive your skin and nails, so here’s your excuse for a regular pampering ladies!
Prepare Your Nails Properly
Preparation is key when it comes to painting your nails if you want them to last a long time without chipping or getting damaged! Before painting your nails put some vinegar on a cotton ball and wipe over your unpolished nails. Your nail polish will be brighter and stay on longer.
Use A Base Coat and A Top Coat
Putting on a base coat will protect your nails against the effects of nail polish which could damage your nails. It will also help your nail polish stick better and prevent your nails from being stained.
Putting on a top coat will seal the color and give your nails a glossy and gorgeous look.
Look At Your Diet
If your nails are brittle and damaged, but respond to treatments consider looking at your diet. If you have a calcium deficiency no amount of cream or cuticle oil is going to repair your nails and get them looking gorgeous.
Add calcium rich food to your daily diet to help rectify this, you could also consider taking supplements.
Be Gentle and Protect Your Nails
It is not going to do any good coming home from a having a manicure and sticking your hands into hot soapy water to do your dishes! Make sure to be gentle with your nails. Protect your hands with gloves to keep your nails strong and healthy, as well as protect any nail polish or nail art you have.
Get Fun & Funky
There are some amazing trends coming out with nail art, there are designs and styles for every occasion. Just have a search online or on Pinterest for acrylic nail design ideas to get some inspiration going. You can have nail art professionally done or you can search how to do your own designs.
You can also spend some time being creative and designing your own nail art.
There is nothing funkier than themed nail art.
Read The Labels
Make sure to check all your nail products ingredients list. There are plenty of nail products made with ingredients that are not good for your nails, so don’t assume all nail polish is safe.
Ingredients such as toluene, formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate are toxic chemicals and can contribute towards your nails being brittle and weak.
Make sure to use acetone-free nail polish remover.
Spending a bit more on quality nail products will not only ensure that your nails look gorgeous but will also ensure that your nails don’t get damaged in the process.