• A simple lip balm will work wonders to moisten the cuticles and skin around the nails.
Gently apply a thick layer of balm to the cuticle with a lipstick brush (or any other brush convenient for you). Rub the remaining balm on your skin after 5-10 minutes.
• Got an old toothbrush? Don’t rush to throw it out! It’s perfect for cleaning nails.
After removing nail polish, I usually take the brush and thoroughly clean my nails with soap. It’s excellent for removing left-overs of bright nail polish!
• To make your manicure lasts longer, degrease the nail beds before applying polish. You can do this with nail polish remover or, even easier, just wash your hands with soap and water and dry thoroughly. And then you can apply your nail polish 🙂
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• I think everyone is familiar with the problems of applying light nail polish: streaks. To make a nail polish uniform warm the jar in your hands before applying and then shake it vigorously. Do this before each new layer of polish.
• Say goodbye to metal nail files! If your nails are fragile and break easily then 90% of the problem is the nail file.
And yes, never file wet nails (just after a shower or after washing your hands). Let your nails dry completely and harden.
• Don’t forget about buffing your nails. It’s a great aid to make your nail polish stronger. You shouldn’t do buffing often; once a month is enough. And you shouldn’t apply bright nail polish immediately after buffing!
• You can use a slice of lemon to bleach the nails. Just “plug the nail in” and remove it after 2 minutes for immediate results ;).
You can also bleach the nails with the help of a citric acid bath of 1 tsp. of citric acid dissolved in 0.5 liters of warm water. Hold hands in this solution for about 10 minutes.