Tuesday Tips & Tricks: Nail Polish Does Not Always Make For A Polished Look

nailcareFor women on a budget the nail salon is most likely out of the question. However, painting our nails ourselves is a time-consuming art and usually we let too long go by before we strip the old and make time for the new and at that point we can’t promise a job well done. The result is either chipped, bubbly, and/or uneven nails. Why even bother?

For the chic Parisian woman, manicures mean high-maintenance; an impression they never want to give off. Not to say they never paint their nails because they most certainly do. It’s just that most of the time it’s best to go au naturel. The natural nail, however, does not mean bitten, jagged, and peeling. Proper nail care is of the utmost importance. But a few seconds a day is far better and easier than the several hours once a week keeping up with polish. Simple daily routine of keeping nails and hands properly moisturized and having cuticle cream handy can save you a great deal of money and stress in the long run and leave you with polished looking unpolished nails.

Here are a few of my favorite tips and tricks for keeping your au naturel look on point:

  • Find a shape you like and make every nail match.

  • nailscIf a nail breaks and must be refiled to a different shape or length, try to make the rest match that shape and length when you get the opportunity. Having one oval nail while the rest are square is quite noticeable.

  • Don’t listen to your brain when it tells you filing your nails will take forever. It won’t. It really just takes about 10 minutes of your life. If you don’t have 10 minutes I suggest reevaluating your life.

  • Keep a top coat on if you’re prone to breakage.

  • Hydrate – Cuticle cream every day. Then keep it up with your lotion or hand cream several times a day.

  • Take your vitamins. Biotin is one I’m sure you’ve heard a lot (and that’s because it actually works!) but don’t forget that your daily multivitamin, a healthy diet and lots of water also contribute to the health of your nails.

Long, short, polished or unpolished, the principle of the matter is that if you care for the little things, you can make a big difference in your appearance and not have to spend much, if anything, in doing so.

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