Beautiful, natural nails require care and proper manicuring. A shortish nail that is straight across the top with rounded edges is the current in style shape. Here are nail care tips for polishing your nails so they will look beautiful and stay looking fresh longer.
File nails when the white part (free edge) of the nail tip has grown 1/4" from the pink part (nail plate) of the nail. Filing nails before the nail is 1//4" long can weaken the nail. Allowing the nail to grow to a length longer than the nail plate length will be sure to make them break easily. When filing, go from the corner to the centre in one direction. Follow the groove on the side of your nail.
Natural Nail Care Tips:
Buffing nails can give them a shinier more natural finish. Start at the cuticle and work your way down to the tip with medium pressure. Don't use a back and forth movement as heat builds up and this can damage your nails. Continue lightly until all fine ridges on the nail surface have disappeared.
Be sure that nails are clean and dry, free of any oil or lotion, before applying polish. Remove any old polish from nails.
Always use a Base Coat and let it dry for at least 1 minute. The Base Coat helps to keep nail polish from chipping and makes polish last longer.
Apply two coats of polish. You should be able to cover the nail in three stokes, one on each side and then one in the middle.
Always allow your polish to dry thoroughly for several minutes before you apply the next coat. This will avoid the new coat from dragging on the surface of the previous coat and allow the next layer adhere better. Darker shades take longer to dry. Avoid fast drying polish, it does not last as long.
Apply a clear Top Coat once your nail polish has dried, to seal it. Continue to apply the Top Coat daily to keep nails looking fresher longer.
Finish nails with a coat of solar oil to feed the nail and moistures the cuticle.
Remove with a nail polish remover that contains hydrating oils.