12 Unexpectedly Chic Fourth of July Nail Art Ideas

I love anything Fourth-of-July themed (hello red, white and blue cupcakes!), but when it comes to nails, I'm declaring independence from cheesy patriotic nail art designs. The founding fathers totally would have wanted it that way.   read more

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13 Things Your Nail Salon Doesn't Want You to Know

Your nails create big beauty salon business. Spending anywhere from $10 - $45 a pop for a manicure and $15 - $50 for a pedicure (not including tip), your weekly or monthly salon visits are costing you precious pampering dollars. No wonder it's a six billion dollar a year industry.   See secrets

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19 Rainbow Nail Designs That'll Make a Statement

Some people wear their hearts on their sleeves, but thanks to nail art, we beauty junkies can express just about any thought, emotion or passion on our fingertips. And with pride month here, we're using this versatile canvas to show our support for gay rights with a colorful collection of rainbow nails.   read more

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This Is the Manicure You Should Get, Based on Your Astrological Sign

Are you a big follower of astrology? Do you religiously read your horoscope every morning, or are you a more casual fan? Either way, it might just be key in finding the perfect nail art to fit your personality. After all, there are certain traits that go along with each sign, which makes it fun to customize your look based off of your sign's preferences. Leos are famously bold, Scorpios are known to be sexy and Virgos like to keep things simple -- you get the picture; it all translates quite nicely into nail art.   read more

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9 Best Drugstore Nail Polishes

The best drugstore nail polish should be long lasting, have a gorgeous selection of colors and work just as well as their high-end counterparts for a fraction of the cost. But figuring out which drugstore nail polishes deliver on those promises can be tricky -- after all, there are tons of nail polish brands out there and even at drugstore prices, it would cost one person a fortune to test them all.   read more

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21 Spring Nail Polish Colors to Make You Rethink Your Signature Shade

Spring is usually the time of year when we shed our lacquered coats of oxblood, emerald and plum in favor of lighter finger fare a la lavender, baby pink, and mint chip green -- spritely and spring-y -- albeit totally predictable and borderline cliché. Lucky for you, this season's nail colors are far more daring than dainty, giving you the perfect opportunity to upgrade your next manicure with an unexpected polish shade that's as fresh as it is flattering.   read more

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17 Nail Art Ideas for St. Patrick's Day

Another holiday, another excuse for nail art. From subtle to splashy, these are the only St. Patty's day designs you need   read more

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What You Really Need to Know About the Chemicals in Your Nail Polish

Three-free polishes used to be the non-toxic nail world's darling. But now, these clean polishes, free from what's known as the "toxic trio," are being one-upped by nail polish brands that boast a list of banned ingredients anywhere from five to 10 ingredients long. But do you really need to cast aside your three-frees? Cosmetic chemist Arlette Forshage, founder of Hygieia Cosmedix, says no.   read more

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22 Swoon-Worthy Valentine's Day Nail Art Ideas

Wear your heart on your fingertips this V-Day with one of these flirty Valentine's Day nail art ideas. From subtly embellished nail art ideas to bold patterns and plenty of (non-cheesy) hearts, there are Valentine's Day nails for everyone -- and nail art designs for every skill level. Get Pinterest-ready fingertips with nail-art tutorials, straight from our favorite nail polish brands and bloggers.   read more

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Tips for Healthy, Beautiful Nails

If you ever thought your nails were unimportant or if you've been neglecting your hands, now is the time to make them a priority. Just like your skin, they can dry out, peel, break, and become infected. Manicures and pedicures are cosmetic procedures that can help you keep your hands and feet healthy by grooming, trimming, buffing, and painting your nails, as well as managing calluses.



Taking Care of Your Nails


Make an effort to take good care of your nails, and you will be thrilled by the way they complement your own personal style. One easy way to keep them healthy is to drink lots of water. By keeping your body hydrated every day, you'll keep them hydrated, as well. Also, touch up your manicure on a daily basis to prevent chips and cracks and avoid using your nails as tools. This means no using them to pry things open, scrape things off, etc.

Other natural ways to keep your nails healthy include drinking fresh carrot juice daily, making sure that you keep them clean and moisturized, and making sure that your nail salon has hygienic practices.

Browse Total Beauty's nail care section to find other ways to keep your hands and feet looking their best. Our beauty experts have plenty of tips and tricks that are easy to employ.

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