Good news, did you know that nail polish protects your nails from getting dry, brittle, and broken? It would do you well if you use polishes and polish removers formulated with additives and nutrients (Vitamin E and aloe vera) for added protection.
Vegan polishes do not use animal-sourced ingredients like female cochineal insects to get that red pigment or guanine from fish scales for that shimmery look. But it is best if they are cruelty-free too, meaning they did not use animals to test the product.
Plant-based polishes also use 83% of ingredients from plants like sugar cane, potato, manioc and corn, and hexanal, a natural compound used to improve your nail condition.
Fingernails are oftentimes neglected and brushed aside as an unimportant part of personal care and hygiene.
Many people considered handwashing as part of nail care. Partially true, but nail care is a whole new regimen by itself. You need to give your nails equal attention as you give your hair.
Whether you choose to do your own nail care or opt to get professional salon services, you have to know some basic techniques for pedicures and manicures.
You can even bring your favorite nail polish shade to your favorite salons.
If you decide to do your own pedicure or manicure at home, take these devices in stock. It is important that when you are done glazing your nippers carefully and skillfully, you do not wave your hands in the air or blow on your fingers to dry them to avoid ruining your polish.
Instead, follow these pointers for a good quick-dry polish.
First, use a thin layer of polish at a time, on all fingers. This way, you will give fingers time to dry, while applying on the rest of your fingers. Repeat for a second and third time. You may opt to wait for 1-3 minutes in between coats for added dryness.
TIP: Use only fresh nail polish. Old polishes become thick and ingredients like solvents evaporate. Keep away from moisture, heat, and direct sunlight. The heat will cause discoloration or fading of color.
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Use base coat
Do not scrimp and skip a base coat. Base coats are primers and can extend your manicure’s life by at least two days.
Nails have natural oils which prevent these lacquers from adhering to nails. Base coats seal these oils off. Aside from that, base coats allow your polishes to dry faster.
Prepare a bowl of iced water. Dip your painted fingers in it after you apply the topcoat. Your nails should not touch the ice; otherwise, the ice will smudge your polish. Let your fingers stay submerged for at least 2 minutes.
The colder the water, the sooner your painted nails will dry. Check after 2 minutes if you are satisfied with the dryness and then let it dry naturally.
Save your breath
Get your trusty hairdryer, hold 12 inches above your nails, and at a cold setting, blow the cool air across your fingers for at least two minutes.
Ensure the dryer is set at low. Do not blow closer to avoid bubbles, froth, or waves.
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A good nail job requires skill and a little imagination. And just as they say, nail polish is like the icing on a beautiful cake. It is an art.
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