8 Must-Wear Nail Colors That Flatter Dark Skin Tones

You would think picking out a nail polish color would be as simple as putting on your shoes in the morning (you know, once you've decided which pair you're going to wear). But finding a nail polish color that will flatter your skin tone, appear on-trend and keep your hands from looking dull or aged -- that's the challenge. We spoke to Elsbeth Schuetz, celebrity manicurist for Nailtini, and celebrity and editorial manicurist Gina Edwards on how to find the nail color that's right for you.   read more

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July 21, 2014  |  11:07 AM  |  COMMENT
OPI's Latest Collaboration Lets You Match Your Nails to Your Walls

We don't usually equate hardware stores with glamorous living but, thanks to a new collaboration with OPI nail lacquers, ACE Hardware may be poised to change all that.   read more

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July 15, 2014  |   8:07 AM  |  COMMENT
Summer-Proof Beauty Tips From Bathing Beauties

Mermaids are portrayed as beautiful, siren-like creatures with gorgeous, long locks; glowing skin and perfect makeup that never runs. But in real life, we know Ariel's fire-engine red hair wouldn't stand a chance against the sun and water. Skin without SPF would burn and blister (not to mention, leave some serious clamshell tan lines), and we'd hate to think of the prune-like state our fingers and toes would be in after a lifetime submerged. What's a mermaid to do? We asked the closest thing to it, members of the Aqualillies, a professional synchronized swimming troupe, who can spend a whole day in the water, and still look gorgeous. Here, their best summer hair, makeup and skin care secrets against which chlorine, sun and surf don't stand a chance.   read more

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July 9, 2014  |   9:07 AM  |  COMMENT
Beyonce and Blue Get Matching Manis

• Beyonce and her babe Blue Ivy have matching manicures and of course they're totally perfect. Of course. [Glamour]   read more

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July 4, 2014  |   5:07 AM  |  1 COMMENT
12 Unexpectedly Chic Fourth of July Manis

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 designs. The founding fathers totally would have wanted it that way.   read more

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July 2, 2014  |  10:07 AM  |  COMMENT
Wearable Technology: How Hi-Tech Manicures May Soon Help You Get Things Done

If you think the nail art trend is going away I have some bad news for ya. It's here to stay -- and, if forward-thinking M.F.A. candidates Jenny Rodenhouse and Kristina Ortega have anything to say about it, it's here to stay in a big and very important way.   read more

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June 5, 2014  |   9:06 AM  |  1 COMMENT
The Best Nail Polish (by Far) is Only $2

A $2 nail polish was found to be more long lasting and better than all of the high end polishes out there, according to a recent Consumer Reports test. The winning polish is manufactured by a company called Sinful Colors -- ever heard of it? Neither had we until this study came out. Testers found that the lacquer took somewhat longer to dry than other brands but that it looked better and laster longer than high end polishes like CND, Revlon and even Chanel (which costs a whopping $27 a bottle) over time.   read more

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June 4, 2014  |   6:06 AM  |  16 COMMENTS
Bottom Line: Does Getting a Gel Manicure Increase Your Cancer Risk?

Providing chip-free, smudge-less, quick-drying polished nails that last up to 3 weeks, the gel manicure is much more than just some other up-sell tactic dreamed up by your nickel and dime-ing salon. ("You want 5 minutes more massage?")   read more

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June 3, 2014  |  12:06 PM  |  1 COMMENT
10 Mani-Pedi Color Combos to Try

Truth moment: I have about a million (OK, 87) nail polishes on a rack under my bathroom sink. I wear about three of them on a regular basis. Blame it on my incessant nail biting or my fear of being too trendy, but that's the truth. And when it comes to pairing polishes for my DIY mani-pedi, it's a process. I question everything -- "What if it's too dark? Does this work for the office?"   read more

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May 22, 2014  |   6:05 AM  |  3 COMMENTS
Ditch the French Mani and Try These 13 Wedding Nail Ideas Instead

You go all out when it comes to searching for the perfect wedding dress. You tear out photo after photo of wedding updos, down 'dos and curly tendrils before deciding on the right hairstyle. And makeup artists -- forget it, you lost count. So why settle for a boring French manicure or simple pale pink polish on your wedding day? Your wedding nails should complement that gorgeous dress, show off your ring and of course, look great in the billions of photos you'll be posing for. We scoured Pinterest and the nail art blogs for the best wedding nail designs and nail art ideas for your big day.   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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