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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8 Treatment Polishes for Healthier Nails

By this time of year, your nails probably look like crap. They're peeling; they're splitting -- they're obviously dry and unhappy. Instead of swearing off nail polish completely, choose a healthy, good-for-your-nails formula, and get a treatment manicure. When you use one of these new polishes -- infused with hydrating oils, strengthening botanicals and reinforcing proteins -- your nails will become healthier over time. They're significantly better for your nails than wearing no polish at all -- and they look prettier, too.   read more

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The 10 Nail Colors Every Woman Should Own

In 1917, Cutex introduced the first commercially available nail polish -- a rosy pink, the only nail color a proper flapper needed for a bangin' mani. One hundred years later, it's possible to find nail polish in every color of the rainbow. With so many options, how does a gal choose?   read more

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21 Matte Black Nails That Are Edgy AF

Matte black nails: They're dramatic, vampy, totally badass, and yet, incredibly versatile. They're the mani equivalent of your favorite leather jacket or your go-to LBD -- the things we wear to look effortlessly chic. And like these closet staples, matte black nails can be worn with basically everything.   read more

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21 Nail Designs That Make the French Manicure Cool Again

Do you remember your first French manicure? Tagging along with your mother to the nail salon when she finally let you copy her manicure of choice? Or perhaps it was for your first school dance? There was something about those clean lines and stark white tips that meant you were dressed and ready for a special occasion.   read more

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13 Best Nail Polishes

Like a killer scarf or a one-of-a-kind necklace, your nail color can be a key accessory. Whether you get your nails done at a beauty salon or use a drugstore nail polish, the secret to the ideal mani-pedi is great nail polish. Because there's really nothing like the feeling of freshly lacquered nails.   See polishes

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How to Get Ombre Nails (and 19 Stunning Ways to Rock Them)

In all the their gradient glory, ombre nails are a unique way to elevate a basic manicure without an elaborate nail design. From monochromatic fades to sunset explosions, ombre nails appeal to the colorphile in all of us -- and are surprisingly easy execute. All you need is nail polish, a small sheet of paper, a nail sponge and a little confidence.   read more

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15 Glitter Nail Polishes for Your Most Festive Ever Fingers

The holidays are quite literally your time to shine. And sure, you can go crazy with strobing powder or twinkly eye shadow, but one of our favorite ways to get festive is with our sparkly nails. We're talking gorgeous, glistening glitter nail polish.   read more

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Holiday Nails for Every Party This Season

The best way to showcase your festive flair this holiday season? With your decked-out, holiday nail design. We've put together the ultimate advent calendar of holiday nail art for the days of December, and it's got enough holiday nail designs to keep you busy from now until January 1 -- whether you spend it curled up watching "The Christmas Story" for the umpteenth time, sipping hot cider by a crackling fireplace, or jetting from one champagne-fueled fete to another.   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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