According to recent study, on average a British woman spends about $500 a year doing nails. From nail health to the decoration and the art applied to them, all this became a fever in the social networks, causing millions of women to pay more attention to manicure and include nail care at her beauty routines. However, doing the nails without knowing some important techniques can ruin the beauty of the hands and even put their health at risk.
ProNutriFit has brought together 9 most common nail-biting mistakes that go unnoticed by non-professional manicures. Learn how to avoid them!
Error # 1: Fail to Sanitize Manicure tools
Proper hygiene should be the first step and the number one priority. According to one study, the area around and below our nails accumulates large amounts of bacteria. And if the manicure tools are not well disinfected, they allow the spread of germs and make room for the risk of contamination. Things get even worse if these tools are stored in a fully enclosed container.
Thus, the best way to store manicure tools is in a breathable container, using disinfectant or alcohol for sanitizing before and after each use.
Error # 2: Cutting cuticles
Virtually everyone has already done this, as the professionals themselves do. But the truth is that cutting the cuticles poses a health risk because it leaves the nail corners unprotected, clearing the way for possible infections. In addition, when the cuticles grow back, they acquire a scaly appearance and nothing beautiful.
If you like the effect of cuticles removed, the best thing to do is use a toothpick to push them back. Thus, you protect the nails against infections and get the desired aesthetic effect.
Error # 3: Not applying primer first
A lot of people believe that applying a base layer is unnecessary and a waste of time. Therefore, it is common to see women skipping this step when doing the nails. However, the base was originally created to protect your natural nails and make the nail polish last up to an extra week. This is because our nails produce natural oils that affect the adhesion of the enamel. Therefore, the base keeps these oils out of contact with the enamel, preventing it from peeling.
Error # 4: Applying very thick layers of enamel
All women like to display the perfect shade on their nails, which makes many of them apply thicker layers of enamel. Although this seems to be the best way to get the ideal color, it is in fact a big mistake.
Very thick layers of enamel take twice as long to dry; taking at least five to six minutes. And that’s the ideal recipe for a disaster. Nail polishes are generally not made to dry well when applied in a very thick way.
Ideally, apply 3-4 thin layers of enamel instead of 1-2 coarse ones.
Error # 5: Using cotton-tipped swabs
The cotton-tipped swabs are very useful items, especially for make-up. And they ended up being incorporated also by many women in the manicure. When the enamel comes in contact with the skin around the nail, many people try to touch up using this cotton swab. However, at the slightest careless movement, you can end up making a big mess, being forced to start all over from scratch. Not to mention that the small threads released by the cotton tend to stick in the enamel, compromising the whole result.
Instead of using cotton-tipped swabs, use a fine makeup brush to clean the stained area.
Error # 6: Sanding the nails from side to side
You may have seen professional manicures sanding your nails from side to side to get a smooth surface. But this can damage the nails and compromise their beauty. Sanding too much nails from side to side causes small fissures to appear, which prevents the enamel from fixing and weakens the nails, making them break easily.
It is necessary to sand the nails in circular movements or in a single direction to avoid major problems. This will prevent you from spending big money in future on nail repair treatments.
Error # 7: Skip applying glow under the edges of the nails
Applying enamel around and below the edges prevents nails from peeling during activities that include water, such as dish-washing or bathing. When we do these tasks, the water gets trapped between the nail and the enamel, accelerating the release of the product.
Therefore, applying enamel under the edges causes this region to be sealed, maintaining the beauty of the nails for up to 5 more days.
Error # 8: Drying nailpolish in cold water
Using cold water to dry the nails is something widely recommended for those who want to make them dry as quickly as possible. But this is only a myth: cold water hardens nails instead of drying them. The enamel formula requires oxygen to allow the product to dry, not liquids. By putting your fingers in cold water and waiting for the enamel to dry, you end up speeding up the process of peeling the enamel, since it never completely dried out.
That is, instead of leaving your fingers in cold water, wait for the enamel to dry naturally. If you are in a hurry, use the help of a fan.
Error # 9: Shaking the enamel before use
There is no way around it: people really believe that by shaking the enamel we make the product more diluted, especially when it is already drying or finishing. What you may not know is that by shaking the enamel, we are basically mixing the air trapped in the bottle with the product, which causes small bubbles to appear. And when applying the product, the result is totally unequal because these small bubbles pass from the glass to the nails.
Instead of stirring the enamel glass, turn it slowly and horizontally!
Have you tried any of our manicure tips? What other tip would you add to our list? Leave a comment sharing your experience with manicure!