While many of us love trying out new nail looks, we often forget how important it is to care for your fingernails. After all, doing so serves as the foundation for the next design, so keeping your nails healthy and strong is an integral step to a longer-lasting nail look. Here’s how to get it right.
Just as a trim promotes hair growth, so clipping and trimming promotes nail growth. Now we’re not suggesting you keep your nails short forever, but rather don’t let them grow to a point where they resemble talons. Regular length care will also smooth any rough edges, making for the perfect canvas to apply your desired colour.
Contrary to popular belief – you should not be cutting your cuticles. Your cuticles seal the area at the base of your nails, warding off any bacteria or infections. Cutting them will therefore do the opposite. Instead, try gently pushing your cuticles back to provide for more of a base on which to paint.
Not only does a good base coat help your nail polish to hold better, it also creates a necessary barrier that protects your nails from the damaging effects of polish. Choose one that promotes nail growth, like Essie Help Me Grow Base Coat, which also contains argan oil and micro-nutrient-rich algae extract to protect the nails.
Beneficial when it comes to preventing your nail colour from chipping, a top coat also helps to keep nails hard and strong. This combats dreaded breaking or splitting. We love Essie Good to Go Top Coat as it sets nail colour in seconds for a perfectly polished mani!
And just like that you’ve got happy, healthy-looking nails ready and waiting for whatever you have planned for them! All that’s left is to choose a colour that suits you – and to reap the rewards that follow.