OK, we’re about a month into 2016, so it’s safe to say, at this point, your New Year’s resolutions have been dumped and kicked to the curb. We get it and we’re right there with you. The thing is, resolutions should be realistic, otherwise you’re just setting yourself up for failure. So instead of pledging to stop drinking coffee or quitting sweets cold turkey, try something a little more doable and easy to implement. To help you, we’ve been rolling out a series of ways to reboot your beauty routine this year, covering makeup, hair and skin care. We’re rounding up this resolution-friendly initiative with another hot beauty topic: nails. Check out how to give your nails a much-needed refresh this year!

How to Refresh Your Nail Routine

Go Matchy-Matchy With Your Nails & Lips

According to celebrity nail artist Kait Mosh lips and nails are this year’s hottest beauty couple. Twin it up by matching the two to a T. Rocking a classic red mani? Swipe on a classic red lip while you’re at it. If your nails are a subtle shade of nude, go for an equally neutral lip. Trust us, it’s a THING.

Try a Nail Strengthening Treatment as a Base Coat

Healthy, happy nails are always on trend, so Mosh suggests doing your part by making their well being a priority. Invest in a quality nail strengthening treatment (we love essie Millionails) and make it the first step in your regular manicure routine. You’ll reap the benefits as your nails get longer, stronger and prettier in no time!

Keep a Cuticle Moisturizer in Your Purse

Dry cuticles are the root of all nail evils. Seriously, this is not an exaggeration. Parched cuticles can make your hands look ragged, cracked and straight up not cute. Keep your mani pristine by keeping your cuticles in check with regular doses of moisture. Mosh suggests stashing a cuticle oil or salve in your purse so that you can apply it regularly. Only you can prevent dry cuticles!

Product Recommendations: The Body Shop Almond Nail & Cuticle Oil, essie Apricot Cuticle Oil, Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve

Try a Negative-Space Mani

While we love a good floral or French mani, playing with different shapes and textures is our current nail obsession. Have a little fun with nail art by trying the negative space mani trend!  Not sure where to begin? Check out one of these tutorials:

Rock a Nail Color You’ve NEVER Tried Before

Ditch your signature shade for a bit and take a walk on the wild side. Pick up a color that you’ve normally avoided in the past and give it a whirl. Taking risks can be adventurous and exploring new nail avenues is ALWAYS a good thing. So drop that mauve nail polish and pick up something fresh and new (may we suggest Serenity Blue or Rose Quartz?)!

Model: Val Vega


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