Caring and pampering your hands are important things you must follow in your beauty regimen; however, you must know how to do it in the right way. You may damage your hands, nails or cuticles, if manicure is not done in the right way.
Going to a beauty saloon for manicure needs time and money, for those of you who don't have any of those can do manicure right at home. To get perfect nails, just applying nail polish is not enough, you have to do a few more things to make your nails look more attractive and beautiful. You have to file your nails, remove the cuticles and shape your nails regularly.
However, while filing and removing the cuticles, you may damage your nails and the skin beneath it. You might be doing it in the wrong way. The first and most important thing is that you have to do manicure without damaging your nails.
Cutting of the cuticles may cause infections and nail filing also, if not done in a proper way, may damage your nails. In this article, we will share with you some of the important manicure mistakes to avoid.
If you want perfectly manicured nails that look like a professional one, read on for more.
Shaking The Nail Polish Bottle
Never shake your nail polish bottle to mix the contents in the bottle. This leads to the formation of small bubbles in the bottle. These bubbles may spoil the look of your nail paint when you apply it on. Your nail polish does not look finished and won't get an even look.
Cutting Your Cuticles
Cutting of cuticles is not a cool method, as it can leave behind many infections. The instrument used in saloons to cut the cuticles of your nails harbours many infections and can injure the skin beneath the nails.
Applying Too Much Nail Polish In One Go
Applying nail polish quickly and in a single coat will cause smudging and chipping of your nail paint. It will also take a longer time to dry. You can also apply several thin coats and allow each coat to dry, before you apply the next one.
Not Using A Nail Polish Primer (Base Coat)
You must apply a coat of a transparent nail primer before applying a nail paint. Applying a base coat is a must, as it makes the nail paint stay for a longer period of time. The natural oil in your nails prevents the binding of the nail paint with your nails. A base coat provides a cover between the nails and the nail polish sealing the oils.
Using Metal Tools
Metal tools such as a cuticle remover or nail filers do a good job, but are too harsh for your nails. They may damage your nails, cuticles and the skin beneath your nails. You must use a wooden cuticle remover and paper-based nail filers to prevent damage.
Using Cotton Swab To Remove The Nail Polish Bits
These are also called Q tips and may leave small fibres on your nails that spoils the nail polish. To remove the nail polish from your skin, dip an old, small makeup brush in some nail polish remover and carefully clean up the excess polish.
Filing Your Nails In Both Directions
You must avoid nail filing back and forth, in both directions. This causes splitting of the nails, nail tears, and thus results in rough nail edges. The best way to file your nails is to file in the same direction repeatedly. This practice may take time, but will prevent the weakening of your nails.