Everyday Nail Art Tips – You don’t need to go to the salon for these

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You could always go to a nail salon to get your nails done, but where’s the fun in that? It takes a lot of time to drive to a salon, wait in line, and get them done. Plus, there’s also the fact that it can be very expensive to have a salon do your nails. And on top of that, you don’t get control over the experience, or a chance to let your creativity reign. So here are some everyday nail art tips you can use that will allow you to do your manicures at home, and skip the salon.


A lot of women like having longer nails, but they require a lot of upkeep that can be difficult to manage. Keeping your nails shorter and properly trimmed is important for health, good looking nails. It’s also the ‘modern’ look of the moment. Always try to have your nails reach the end of your fingers, and keep them groomed with a squared shape and rounded corners.


If you like filing your nails – which is an important part of a manicure – then you need to make sure you’re using the right kind of nail file. Some nail files – especially older ones – are made from really coarse material that can be harmful to your nails, causing peeling and cracking. Next time you’re at the store, pick up a nail file that is labeled with a 240 grit count (or higher) to make sure you’re filing your nails properly.


Ever been to a salon? Then you’ll probably remember that they always dip your hands in soapy, warm water before they paint your nails. This is actually not the best thing to do! The logic behind that is that if you dunk your fingers in, the nail plate will expand, making it easier to paint. Instead, it allows moisture to seep into your nails, which makes it much harder for them to dry in a reasonable amount of time.


When it comes to selecting a nail polish color, try to find one that is fun – but also one that looks good on your. Picking a shade that is not garish with your skin tone, and matches the hues seen in your wardrobe are important in making nail art that you actually like, that complements you well. If you have a lighter skin tone try a red or purple shade. For medium skin, try a metallic shade or a deep blue. And if you have darker skin, why not true a gold or red shade?


And if you want your nail art to last, then you need to invest in a good top coat. The topcoat is applied after your polish, as a last step, before you let your nails dry. This creates a clear outer layer that ads shine, while also being a protective layer that will keep your nail polish intact. You should also be applying a base coat before the polish, so that it will adhere better as well.

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