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!
“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.”
“Always use cuticle oil. As much as you can, especially after washing hands. I like essie Apricot Cuticle Oil.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Go shorter for a more active lifestyle, and longer for a more glamorous one.”
“Neutrals? Deeps? Reds? Brights? Try a different color with each manicure until you find one you can't live without.”
“If you are doing either, run to the nail salon and get a lesson on how to treat your hands with love and respect.”
“Top coat is essential for keeping a manicure long-lasting. I love essie Gel Setter.
“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).”
“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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