Perfectly colored nails - manicure
Before you start the manicure procedure make sure you wash and dry your hands well, so they are absolutely grease-free. Only then will the nail polish stay on well. Apply nail varnish remover before doing your nails even if you don’t need to remove any old polish, it prepares the nails by removing any grease so that your polish will last longer.
Then you should file your nails using a gentle stroke. Avoid filing the corners of your nails as this can weaken them and you will find that they will break more easily.
Apply for a couple of minutes a softenener to your cuticles. Transfer hands to a bowl of warm water and soak for a few additional minutes.
Gently push back the cuticles and if hangnails are present, carefully clip them.
Before you start polishing on bare nails, think twice about it because it can dry out your nail plate; and without a base coat, dark shades can stain nails or leave them yellow. Tip: Brush a base coat on and let it dry for a few seconds before applying polish.
Now the time has come to actually colour your nails! First stick a small amount of polish on your brush and paint one stroke down the center of your nail and then 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. It’s much better to apply lots of thin coats of colour rather that one thick one, it will dry quicker and last longer!
Finishing touch: Wait until polish is set and then apply the top coat. Don't skip this step, it is important while it adds life to your manicure and it will also protect your nails.
If you’re having trouble achieving the perfect French manicure try using a white nail pencil underneath the nail tip instead of white polish. Achieving a perfect French manicure is much easier if you use a white nail pencil underneath the nail tip instead of white polish.
'Refreshing' your nails
After 2-3 days you can renew the top coat and your nails will look like you have just done them. It is also possible to apply this layer twice, so the colourfilm will give your nails an even more glittering and more intensive effect.
Drying nails quickly
Never blow them dry - the humidity available in your breath will only softenen the polish. It is better to use a special dry spray. They will only dry the upper layer. That's why it is better to spray layer after layer. Additionally it gives the nails a specific glance.
Having white spots on your nails
If you have white spots on your nails you will probably have a deficit of zinc. To avoid this deficit you can buy several products at the chemist/ pharmacist.
Fragile nails are a consequence of a lack of calcium - to avoid this deficit you can adapt your food (more dairy products) or take some high dosed calcium tablets. Alternatively you can use a special nail polish product that includes calcium and apply it as first layer. It gives you a protective layer and strengthens the nails (calcium).
Problems - treatments
Nails that are too big or too broad?
Your nails look smaller if you file them oval and if you don't polish both small edges at both sides. It is advisable to choose a soft tone polish.
Nails too small?
To make your nails look bigger it is important to polish the whole nail and to polish them with a not too strong a nail polish colour.
Actual color trends
At this moment the colours red, pearl, pink, soft plum tones and sunny apricot are trendy colours.
Perfect colored nails - pedicure
The first step is taking a footbath. Soak your feet in a tub of warm water - a little mint oil will do miracles for tired feet. Jojoba oil is very good for a wearied skin. Before you take a foot-bath make sure you remove any old polish.
After a foot-bath the skin is easier to treat. A peeling stimilates your blood circulation. If necessary you can remove surplus cuticle with a special hard skin block. Be careful with wearing away cuticle - often one removes too much skin.
After having a foot-bath is the best suitable time to cut your nails - then the nails are easier to shape. Do not cut the nails too short and cut them straight; afterwards you can file the edges of your nails a little, so they do not grow into the skin. After that push back the skin of the nails carefully.
The cuticle protects the nail against bacteria. It should never be cut or removed. An ingrowing cuticle checks the growth of the nail. Brush cuticles with a rich oil after your morning shower and before bed. Let oil soak in for a minute or two, then rub into cuticle. It keeps the cutcicles soft and smooth.
Before you start polishing on bare nails, think twice about it because it can dry out your nail plate and without a base coat, dark shades can stain nails or leave them yellow. Tip: Brush a base coat on and let it dry for a few seconds before applying polish.
Soft and shining colours, varying from white to red shades, give both fingernails and toenails a well cared for look.
Avoid metal files. An even worse tool is a frequently used pair of nail scissors. It is advisable to use an emery board. Sawing back and forth with your emery board and going too deep into the corners can split and weaken nails. File from left corner to center for a few strokes, then from right corner to center.