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Professional Manicure and Pedicure Tips for 2022

There is no point in slicking your nails with colour if they are not in good shape to begin with.

Therefore, we have compiled the following professional spa manicure and pedicure advice.

We hope this will help you put your best hand and foot forward so you can have nails to be proud of.

Caring for your cuticles

  • Ensure you nourish your cuticles by applying a conditioning cream or oil to help seal them in moisture, preventing splitting and flaking. A tiny drop of almond oil is a great option
  • in the beauty world; we are against cutting cuticles – this goes for both a manicure and a pedicure. Cutting the cuticle causes them to grow back thicker and stronger. Instead, soak your nails in warm, soapy water, which will help to soften them
  • next, apply some cuticle cream and gently push back the cuticles with an orangewood stick; any dry skin that has adhered to the nail should naturally flake away

Filing know-how

A beautifully shaped nail adds grace to any hand. When carrying out a manicure, the shape of your nail should conform to your fingertips to create the most balanced effect.

  • keep your nails slightly square or oval, not pointed. This will help to prevent them from breaking
  • square nails evoke masculinity. Short square nails shorten and widen your hands
  • if you file low into the corners and at the sides, this will weaken them
  • file gently in one long stroke, from the side to the centre of the nail and then the other side. This will prevent them from splitting and help you to create the perfect shape
  • the classic length that suits most nails is just over the fingertip
  • if you are green-fingered, a great tip is to drag your nails over a bar of soap. This way, your nails fill up with soap and not dirt, which is far easier to clean
  • if you have fragile nails, paint your base coat and nail polish under the tips; this will help to give them added strength
  • a technique for repairing a split nail is to use a very fine piece of paper and glue it over the tear, then gently buff and cover it with polish

Nail the nail polish

  • if you have lovely long nails, then just about any colour will work for you, including dramatic reds
  • short nails look more sophisticated with neutral, paler colours, such as light beige and champagne
  • nail colours that are close to your skin colour will also help to elongate your hand
  • clear pastel and natural French manicure designs are always appropriate and never go out of fashion
  • alternatively, if you love that natural look, apply a topcoat. This will give your nails a sophisticated look
  • for a little more drama, try a pearl colour for the evening; it will also give you that added shimmer
  • if you find bold colours too intense on your hands, add a bold colour to your toes instead. A glimpse of excellent colour on your toes will help to set your outfit off

Hand and foot aftercare

  • avoid using acetone nail polish remover as it can dry the skin and strip the nail of its essential moisture.
  • a great pedicure and manicure tip is to apply the cream every time you paint your nails; the oils in the cream will help to lock in moisture to your nails
  • the biggest reason people get soft nails is due to over-exposure to water, so wear rubber gloves whenever possible
  • there is nothing like a good pedicure to treat the feet, as professionally groomed feet look so much tidier
  • when carrying out a pedicure, ensure you file calluses and moisturise regularly. Consider visiting a chiropodist every so often for maintenance
  • if you don’t like your toes and want people to notice you and not your toes, keep the focus up by avoiding bright colours that draw the focus down

Now, you are equipped with the tips to book a night in and treat yourself to an at-home manicure and pedicure to give your hands and feet the pampering they deserve.

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