Keeping your nails done makes a lot of difference in the look, but there are common mistakes we make when doing our nails, whether at home or in the salon. Some of them don’t even know since we often think we are doing everything correctly. Below are some tips to have beautiful nails.
1 – Sanding back and forth with strength
Sanding the nails back and forth with force damages and weakens them, making them break more easily. When sanding, make circular movements or in one direction only to prevent your nails from being damaged.
2 – Use cotton buds
When the nail polish is around your fingernails, cleaning with cotton can stain, and you will have to start all over again. Instead of using cotton buds, use a fine make-up brush to clean the excess.
3 – Do not apply nail polish under the nail edges
Applying nail polish under the nail edges will prevent flaking during the various activities that include water, such as washing dishes or washing hair. When we do these activities, the water gets stuck between the nail and the nail polish, causing it to rise and flake on the upper edges. Therefore, the application of enamel under the edges will seal this area completely and help your nails made to last longer.
4 – Cut your cuticles
Almost all women make this mistake, even in beauty salons. However, cutting your cuticles poses a great health risk due to the fact that you leave unprotected cuts on your fingers that can be infected. Also, when the cuticles start growing again, they come back with a thick appearance. The most recommended is to use a stick and push them back. This way, you will protect your nails from infection.
5 – Do not wash your tools
It is important to always clean the objects you use to make your nails. According to research, the area around and under our nails stores a large number of bacteria, and if these tools are not being washed with disinfectant, you are allowing the spread of germs. It is not recommended to store tools in a closed bag, the best way to store the materials is in an open container, and use disinfectant or alcohol to clean them before and after each use.
6 – Do not use base
Many people ignore the use of the base. However, the bases were originally created to protect your nails and make the enamel last a few days longer. This happens because our nails produce natural oils that prevent the nail polish from sticking together with the nail so that a base coat keeps the oils and prevents the nail polish from becoming chipped.
7 – Dry the nails in cold water
The cold water hardens the nails instead of drying them. Instead of dipping your fingers in cold water, let them dry naturally. If you are in a big hurry, use a fan.
8 – Shake your nail polish bottle
When we shake the enamel glass, we mix the air trapped inside the bottle with the enamel, which causes those bubbles that spoil the enamel look. Instead of stirring the enamel, slowly roll it in your hands horizontally.
9 – Apply thick layers of enamel
Thick layers of enamel take twice as long to dry and underneath it takes about 5 to 6 minutes, which can cause the enamel to become dull. The best thing to do is to apply 3 to 4 thin layers of enamel instead of 1 or two thick layers.
Translated and adapted by Limepedia staff.