Nails are one of the hottest fashion statements right now. If painting yours seems too much hassle, here’s how to get your best and easiest manicure yet.
STEP ONE – Tidy
Deal to ragged cuticles before you do anything else. Steer clear of cuticle nippers as it’s easy to overdo things and risk damage. Instead, use an exfoliating product such as Sally Hansen’s Cuticle Eraser & Balm $18.99 – it’s effective and fast. You can also gently push back cuticles if they need a little extra help.
STEP TWO – Buff
Just like painting a wall, the secret to great nails is all in the preparation. The very first step is to lightly buff to give an even surface for the lacquer to stick to. Try using the smoothing side of the QVS 4 Way Buffing Block $10.99. Don’t be tempted to over-buff. Any more than once a week will weaken nails.
STEP THREE – Wipe
Remove any natural oils or cuticle cream from your nails. Simply swipe with a cotton wool pad soaked in nail polish remover. Or for convenience use Revitanail’s Conditioning Removing Wipes $7.90, which are free of acetone and enriched with vitamin E. Be sure to clean the sides of the nail where it meets your finger and along the top edge too.
STEP FOUR – File
In the old days when emery boards were highly abrasive the advice was always to file in only one direction to stop splitting. Choose a more forgiving file – such as the QVS Nail Shapers in Fine and Extra Fine – and you can disregard that. As far as shape goes, short, round nails are stronger and more practical, but with the trend for nail art, longer is hot again.