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Advice on nail care, nail varnish and polish, plus how to do a manicure.

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Nail Care Tips

Here are a few tips for beautifully manicured hands:

  • Use nail varnish remover before applying polish, even if you are currently not wearing any. Nail varnish remover also removes dirt and grease, and so provides a better base on which to apply your polish.

  • Apply base coat before applying your chosen colour.























  • Make sure that each layer of varnish is dry before applying the next. It can help to buy a quick drying polish, or a tip is to run your nails under cold water when the varnish is tacky - this will help to dry them.

  • Consider buying a matching lipstick with your varnish for a perfectly coordinated look - check out the cosmetics page.

  • Don't reapply varnish more than once a week, if you can possibly manage not to, as varnish remover will dry out your nails. Moisturise your hands afterwards, with a proprietary nail moisturiser, as an exercise in damage limitation.

  • Apply top coat to make the varnish last longer and avoid damage.
  • If your nails are brittle, use rubber gloves when washing up or cleaning with detergents. Try not to wear varnish all the time, as the remover can be damaging. Ensure that your diet is rich in foods that contain calcium, such as milk, yoghurt, cheese and oily fish, or consider taking a calcium supplement. White spots are common in some people, but do not necessarily indicate a calcium deficiency.

  • Be careful when filing - only ever file along the edge of the nail, in one direction only. Never file backwards and forwards perpendicular to the nail as this can cause layers to start to peel off. Don't file the corners as this can weaken the structure.

How to do a manicure

A quick and cheerful step by step guide:

  1. File your nails carefully and shape them into an ellipse (oval) shape.

  2. Put a softener on your cuticles. Let it soak in for a couple of minutes, then soak for a few more minutes in hot soapy water.

  3. Using a wooden stick, such as is normally found in manicure sets, push back the cuticle.

  4. Dry your hands with a towel, then moisturise them.

  5. Apply varnish remover to with cotton wool to remove any remaining traces of moisturiser.

  6. Apply the base coat and allow sufficient time for it to dry.

  7. Apply the colour - this should take just three strokes of the brush - leaving a small gap down the edge will stop you painting your fingers and can also make your nails appear longer. Allow this layer to dry properly before applying another layer of colour.

  8. Finally, when all the colour has dried, apply the top coat.