Someone once told me that when you meet someone new they look at two things… Your teeth and fingernails. It wasn’t until after I was told this that I realised I always look at people’s hands and fingernails.
This post contains my tips for keeping immaculate hands and fingernails. Well groomed fingernails show that you take pride in your appearance and that you like to look neat and presentable.
Tip #1 – File your nails in a shape that suits your hands
Everyone has different hands and therefore one shape does not fit all. I have long, boney fingers and have found that a short square shape with soft edges suits me best. If you have shorter hands try growing your nails a little bit and creating a more rounded shape to elongate your fingers.
Tip #2 – File your nails in one direction only
Filing your nails in a back and forth motion can cause breakage and can damage your nails. This is particularly dangerous if you have naturally weak nails. By filing your nails in one direction you minimise the risk of your nails breaking and splitting.
Tip #3 – Use a strengthening base coat
I generally don’t suffer from weak, splitting nails but I still like to use a base coat that will help keep my nails strong. Prevention is better than cure! I like to use Millionails by Essie and Sally Hansen’s Miracle Cure as my base.
Tip #4 – Don’t repair chips, take off that polish
Painting over chipped nails (unless it is an emergency) is not okay. It’s best to just take off your nail polish and re-do it, or even just leave your nails unvarnished.
Tip #5 – Have fun with colour
Don’t be afraid to experiment with fun nail polish colours and nail art.
Tip #6 – Make sure your nail colour is appropriate for the occasion
With that being said there is a time a place for bright colours and nail art. When going for a job interview, it wouldn’t really be appropriate to rock fluro green nail polish. Always keep what you are doing and where you are going in mind. Wear a colour that compliments the occasion. A simple light pink or nude colour is always great for job interviews, for example.
Tip #7 – Leave cutting your cuticles to the professionals
Generally it isn’t advisable you cut your own cuticles unless you really know what you are doing. I let the professionals do this so I don’t end up with sore, bleeding fingers.
Tip #8 – Don’t paint your nails outside in the sun or near heaters
The warmth of the sun and heaters causes nail polish to become thick and gluggy and also makes your nails take a lot longer to dry.
Tip #9 – Put your fingernails under cold water
When my nails have almost but just not quite dried, I put my fingernails under cold running water and this helps the polish set a bit faster. I sometimes put my hands in the freezer for a minute or so which also helps.
Tip #10 – Keep your hands hydrated
Use a hand cream and cuticle oil whenever you can. Doing this will keep your hands hydrated, smooth and looking young. My current favourite hand cream is the Crabtree and Evelyn Lavender Hand Therapy and I have always loved the OPI Cuticle Oil.
I hope you picked up some useful tips,