Getting good manicure and pedicure is a part of any woman’s hygienic routine. There is nothing quite like a poorly done manicure to leave behind a negative impression, especially when it comes to your grooming habit. You would not want that, would you? Knowing how to properly care for and preserve your manicure is vital. This is true when you have limited access to salons or don’t have to the time to regularly visit your salon for a manicure session.
Keep Your Cuticles Moisturised
Do not wait until your cuticles become dry and start to peel off. Use a cuticle cream or oil to ensure that you can keep the cuticle moisturised at all times. Once the cuticles have softened, use a stick to push it back so you can easily remove the cuticles. Some of the good alternatives to use in case you do not have access to cuticle cream or oil is lip balm.
Do not forget to file your nails after you have clipped them to the ideal length. This will help to mimic the curve of your nail base, too. Filing is a necessary step when maintaining your nails because it helps create the shape you want, whether square or oval. The shape is based on your personal preference but do not forget this step.
Remove Oil Before Applying Nail Polish
When you apply oil or hand cream on your hands and nails prior to putting on nail polish, make sure you have completely removed the oil from your hands. Wiping it off is not enough. Use a nail polish remover and apply it onto your hands (even if you are not wearing nail polish). Any residue from the oil or cream on your nails will prevent the polish from sticking.
Tips for Maintaining Nail Polish Fresh
Here are some other tips you need to know when maintaining your nail polish:
* Add a new layer of topcoat every other day. This will add a fresh look to your manicure (or pedicure) and make it last for as much 1 or 2 weeks.
* Proper drying time is the key to preventing any smudges on your nail polish. After 10 minutes, the nail polish might seem dry but it is not completely dry. To be safe, wait at least an hour before you touch your nails.
* If you suffered from broken nails, the only thing left to do is to cut it off. If you leave it as is, then it will only make your manicure and pedicure look unattractive.
How do you preserve your manicure?