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How To Paint Your Other Nails Without Making A Mess

We’ve all been there. It’s time to paint our nails.  One hand always ends up looking fabulous but then, when it comes time to paint the other hand, it’s a nightmare! How can you paint your non dominant hand and still get it looking as fabulous as the first? Fortunately, I have four easy tips to help you paint your nails on the other hand and have it looking great!  Skip the salon. You can do this all by yourself at home.

  1. Before you start painting your nails, push your cuticles back with an orange wood stick. This gives you more nail space to work with.
  2. Choose your base coat and swirl the brush to make it skinny and round. Apply to the tips of your nails with the base coat to seal in those nail ends.
  3. Manipulate the brush into a flat shape and gently push the brush to the nail. Now comes the fun part!  Keep your brush still and roll your hand to get the polish along the edges of the nail. Gently pull back to drag the brush down the nail.  No more shaky hands for you!
  4. Repeat this process with your colored polish. Add two to three coats depending on the sheerness of the color you picked. Vary the angle of your hand to create clean brush strokes every time.

Isn’t that simple and easy?  Now you’ll have perfectly painted nails on both hands all the time!

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How To Fix And Prevent Yellow Nails

Take a good look at your nails.  How do they look?  Do they look yellow to you?  Most experts agree taking your nail polish off once in a while is a good idea.  This makes sure your nails look healthy and there’s nothing odd going on.  No polish let’s them breathe, so to speak.  If you notice your polish-free nails are yellow, it’s important to address that issue.  Luckily, it’s an issue fix.

Most often nails turn yellow because of  being stained by the colored nail polishes.  To avoid staining,  apply a clear base coat to protect your nails before you layer a bright color on top. A second cause of yellow nails may be the nail polish remover you use. If you use an acetone nail polish remover,  it may cause a yellow tint to your nails.  Try a non-acetone nail polish remover when taking off your color. A final culprit to consider is a fungal infection. Fungal infections cause other issues such as flaking, an unpleasant odor, and peeling.  If you think you have a fungal nail infection,over the counter medicine may do the trick. Be sure to see your doctor if you do not see improvement with home remedies.

So how can you whiten your nails? Thankfully, it’s a fairly easy process. You don’t have to live with yellow nails.  Once you rule out any other cause such as infection, smoking, or genetics, there are plenty of home remedies to help you return your nails to their natural state.   Here are some of my favorites:

Hydrogen Peroxide:  Mix together one part hydrogen peroxide to three parts water in a small bowl. Soak your nails for ten to fifteen minutes. Rinse well.  Afterwards, apply a moisturizer to your hands and nails before patting dry with a soft towel. Hydrogen Peroxide can dry out your skin and nails.

Denture tablets:  I promise I’m not making this one up!  While denture tablets are made to whiten dentures, you can also use these to whiten your finger nails.  Follow the directions on the package and soak your nails in the solution. Dry your hands and nails on a soft towel.

Whitening toothpaste:  Here’s another one that I’m not making up!  Whitening toothpaste can be used to brighten yellow nails.  Add a bit of whitening toothpaste to each nail and gently rub it in.  Let it sit for a few minutes before washing off with water. Pat dry with a soft towel.

These are a few simple things you can do at home to whiten those yellowed nails and never have to worry about yellow nails again.  Let us know in the comments how the remedies work!

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How To Shape Your Nails

Did you know there are at least six different nail shapes out there?  I always thought nails were nails but…nope.  Just like different face shapes, there are also different nail shapes. Unlike face shapes, you decide what kind of nail shape you prefer through shaping. When caring for your nails, it’s best to first shape with a clippers and then finish the look off with file.

The six main types of nails for you to try out are:

Oval nails. Oval nails provide a fancy and traditional nail shape that gives you a more feminine appearance.  For this classic nail shape, file your nails into an egg shape by holding your nail file at an angle.  If you have short fingers, this is a great option as it gives your fingers a longer appearance.

Round nails. If you work a lot with your hands, round nailsis a great way to go.  It’s a safe choice because it’s easy to work with and there’s little danger of breaking or chipping a nail.  This style works beautifully if you have longer fingers or large hands too.  To get this look, start with a square nail and then round the nail out at a slight angle following the curve of your finger.

Square nails. This is the most popular nail shape since it’s the sturdiest nail shape and goes across the entire width of your nail bed.  For this shape, trim your nails to the desired length before filing your nails in one direction across the entire nail.  To finish, file lightly around the edges.  This look works best if you have a wide nail bed.

Squoval nails. I promise that isn’t a typo!  This shape is not quite a square nail and yet not quite an oval nail either.  Squoval is a strong nail choice since the majority of the nail is as wide as the nail bed.  To achieve this shape, start as you would with an oval nail by filing the edges of your nail at an angle.  Next, flatten the peak of the nail by filing as you would a square nail.  Squoval nails flatters any finger shape or length.

Almond nails. This is a great lady-like nail choice.  To start, mark a spot on the center of your nail and file towards that point.  File the nail at an angle so it’s just off center of the nail. Leave a flat tip to round out.  After you have the angles on both sides of the nails, file the corners to smooth out the sharp angles. Finally,  blend the nail into a round almond shape.  The almond shape works great if you have short fingers.

Stiletto nails. This is a daring style if you’re feeling adventurous, sometimes known as the “pointed nail.”  To get this shape, alternate filing both sides of the center of your nail.  The pointed nail may be fun to try, but it’s also the weakest nail shape. Because of this, it’s often done on artificial nails to avoid damaging your natural nails.

Now that you know all your nail shape options, have fun and play around – not only with color – but style and shape.  Have fun!