August 6, 2016 Makeup.com Nails

10 Tips for Healthy, Strong Nails

During the busiest of weeks, our nails often play second fiddle to the other aspects of our self-care routines. But it doesn't have to be this way. There are quick, little things you can do each day to keep your nails looking strong and healthy. To prove it, we've got 10 simple tips straight from essie's celebrity manicurist Michelle Saunders. Show us the way, Michelle! 

 10 Tips for Healthy Strong Nails

Tip #1: Keep Them Uniform

I encourage each nail to be the same length and shape. Yes, even if you break one or two or three nails. Either extend the broken ones or trim them all to be the same length.”

Tip #2: Keep Cuticle Oil On-Hand

“Always use cuticle oil. As much as you can, especially after washing hands. I like essie Apricot Cuticle Oil.”

Tip #3: Never Leave Your Nails Naked

“A protective coating will help prevent chipping and peeling. If you have no time for a full manicure, get a polish change or apply essie All In One.”


Tip #4. Make Hand Cream Your BFF

“Every time someone shakes my hand, they say, "Wow, your hands are so soft." I say, “Thanks” and  “That’s what happens when you use hand cream several times a day.”

Tip #5. Find the Right Nail Shape for Your Lifestyle

“Go shorter for a more active lifestyle, and longer for a more glamorous one.”

Tip #6: Know What Nail Color Looks Best on You

“Neutrals? Deeps? Reds? Brights? Try a different color with each manicure until you find one you can't live without.”

Tip #7: No Picking or Biting

“If you are doing either, run to the nail salon and get a lesson on how to treat your hands with love and respect.”

Tip #8: Never Skimp on Top Coat

“Top coat is essential for keeping a manicure long-lasting. I love essie Gel Setter.

Tip #9. Keep Your Cabinet Stocked With a Few Nail Essentials

“Make sure you have the following: a quality nail file (not one that's been around since 2005); nail polish remover with acetone — it removes polish so much faster therefore it’s on your skin for less time (wash hands after); stainless steel nail clippers (they don't rust); the new essie Gel Couture and Top Coat (no base coat needed).”

Tip #10: Be Nice to Your Cuticles

“Nails are not alive but cuticles are. So be sure to treat the cuticles with tender, loving care. They are there for a reason so don't remove what's attached. The cuticle protects the matrix which is the root of the nail.”

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