Apply a cuticle softening product to the base of each nail. Use a cuticle softening balm or oil serum. Alternatively, you can use honey as a natural cuticle softener. All 3 options work great to soften your cuticles, so you can easily remove the dead skin. Apply the product where the toenail meets the nail bed. Then, massage each toe to distribute the product.[10]
Trim your cuticles if you want to get rid of dead skin or hang nails. Use a cuticle trimmer to cut off the cuticles after you push them back. Simply use this tool as a miniature pair of scissors to snip off the dead cuticle skin around your toes. Start at the outer edge of your cuticles, and make small snips until you remove all of the dead skin.[12]
Rushing through each coat will cause your mani to erode faster — as well as using too thick a layer, both of which happen all too often in busy salons. "You absolutely must let each layer — base coat, first polish application, second polish application and top coat — dry completely before doing the next," said nail expert Deborah Lippmann, who told Harper's Bazaar magazine, "When you paint on your next coat before the layer before is fully dry, you get peeling in sheets."
Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Acrylates Copolymer, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Silica, Benzophenone-1, Trimethylpentanediyl Dibenzoate, Tin Oxide. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow 10 Lake (CI 47005), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510).
“I hate when nail clients have stiff hands! It’s the worst! To do a good manicure you need to make sure all areas and angles of the nail are covered and if your hands are stiff or rigid that definitely limits my ability to do that.”  —Heather Norton, a cosmetologist and nail technician in Denver, Colorado Follow these other tricks to make your manicure last longer.
Gel polish is a long-lasting variety of nail polish made up of a type of methacrylate polymer. It is painted on the nail similar to traditional nail polish, but does not dry. Instead it is cured under an ultraviolet lamp or ultraviolet LED. While regular nail polish formulas typically last two to seven days without chipping, gel polish can last as long as two weeks with proper application and home care. Gel polish can be more difficult to remove than regular nail polish. It is usually removed by soaking the nails in pure acetone (the solvent used in most nail polish removers) for five to fifteen minutes, depending on the formula.
“When you choose a nail salon, you need to make sure it is licensed by the state,” Ostrosky said. “Having a state license means there are certain hygiene standards and that the salon has been inspected. It gives you assurance that there is a level of cleanliness there and you want to make sure that the actual beauty technician who works on you is licensed, as well. That means they have been trained in sterilization and technique.”

One thing we know for sure is that healthy nails start at the salon — and that’s true now more than ever. New technology has made it possible to not only reduce the removal time, but in some cases even protect and strengthen your nails. In fact, OPI recently launched its GelColor ProHealth, which includes a two-step system featuring a nourishing basecoat and a wear-and-tear protective topcoat that can keep nails shiny for up to two weeks. The pair works in tandem to create a healthy gel application, but the real innovation is its patent-pending ProHealth technology that promises to cut the removal time in half, taking it from 15 minutes to a speedy seven.
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Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Acrylates Copolymer, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Benzophenone-1, Silica, Trimethylpentanediyl Dibenzoate, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Rosin/Colophonium/Colophane. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Red 34 (CI 15880), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510).
Nails that have undergone a French manicure are characterized by a lack of artificial base color and white tips at the free edge of the nail. For this reason, they are sometimes referred to as "French tips". The nail tips are painted white, while the rest of the nails are polished in a pink or a suitable nude shade. French manicures can be achieved with artificial nails. However, it is also as common to perform a French manicure on natural nails. Another technique is to whiten the underside of the nail with white pencil and paint a sheer color over the entire nail.
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