Part II of our healthy nail care feature continues with a burst of colour! Being healthy doesn’t only mean choosing to use organically made products, it also means feeling good in everything you do to achieve that overall wellness that you need.
A beauty article by Penny C
Wonderfully enough, feeling good about yourself extends to having an amazing and comfortable home manicure session too! Have an enjoyable time pampering yourself by ensuring that your nails are treated with safe and proper DIY manicure procedures. Here’s how!
I Don’t Smoke!
It’s embarrassing when people glance over your fingers and mistake you as a smoker when you don’t even have a single clue how to hold a cigarette stick properly. To avoid discolouration, lemon or lavender oil helps remove the yellowness from your nails. Apply a drop of either each onto the nails and use a buffer to buff off the unwanted stains.
Roll With It
Ever noticed how Manicurists roll a bottle of nail polish between their palms before getting down to work? Instead of shaking the bottle to mix the polish, this rolling action prevents air bubbles from forming within the mixture. If you’ve been doing your own nails, you’ll understand how air bubbles can get in the way of a really smooth coat. So now you know!
Rest your forefinger on the top of the cap while holding the brush between your thumb and middle finger. This position will help keep your fingers steady as you apply colours in a firm, even motion.
Start Thin and Stay Thin
With the basecoat, colour and topcoat, your nails have enough layers to make them look chunky, even if you don’t fee it! So don’t think that thick coats of nail polish will always work.
- Apply a thin layer of basecoat
- Apply a thin layer of colour down the middle, then on the left, as well as the right.
- Let it dry for a couple of minutes
- Repeat (2) for a second coat
- End with a thin layer of topcoat
Once dried and looking oh so fine, dip an orangewood stick in nail polish remover and use it along either sides of the nails to remove any manicure blunders. But be sure not to cut your cuticles as this causes infection and damage to your nails.
Fancy nails by Panphila
If you don’t have those mini fans specially made for drying your manicure (which, by the way, are available in so many cute shapes and sizes!), run your nails under cold water for a quick dry.
To pamper yourself further; pop a damp towel in the microwave for a couple od minutes. Step two is to massage your hands with moisturiser and wrap them using that freshly warmed towel. Soft, comfortable and supple hands coming right up!
So what are colours are you going with this season? 2010’s just around the corner and the fashionable folks at NYLON TV recommends that our nails be dressed in snazzy colours that are contrastingly complementary.
Beaty Mark: IT Things
Like the experts say, have fun with nail art too (simple ones are fine if you really don’t appreciate them going over the top)! Just don’t forget that once your manicure’s staring to chip off, remove them completely and start from the very beginning as suggested in our healthy DIY manicure features! ♥