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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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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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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20 Prettiest Nail Polishes for Spring

Embracing the "It " shade of the season (anything pastel) doesn't have to mean wearing head-to-toe candy colors and looking like a marshmallow Peep. Incorporating the pastel trend into your makeup and nail routine is an easy way to add a soft touch of color that freshens and brightens your beauty look -- the only thing better than a fresh mani, after all, is one coated in the rosy pinks and buttercup yellows of your "Martha Stewart Living" dreams. Pick up one of these pastel shades for a DIY manicure, or head to the nail salon for festive finger tips that happily announce "spring is here."   read more

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It's Time to Put on Polish! The OPI Muppets Collection Is Here

It's not easy being green, but with the inspired new OPI Muppets Most Wanted collection, it's a cinch to be eight trend-tastic other colors.   read more

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The Prettiest Spring Nail Art You Need to Try Now

We have a fickle, ambivalent relationship with nail art. Based on behind-the-scenes declarations from insiders who know, we've declared it dead and over. Kind've. Twice. (See: NYFW Trend Alert: Bare Nails Are In, Polish is Out.) Then we spy incredible, OTT manis, and we love it all over again for its cutting edge genius. Then we see 3-D nail art, and we're all ... love, hate, love hate again.   read more

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Eye Candy Alert: Valentine's Day Nail Art

After painting on a coat of Butter London Nail Lacquer in Bumster, use a black Sharpie (or some nail decals) and spell out what's on your mind -- in five letters or less.   read more

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Your No-Halloween-Costume Solution: Nail Art

Let your fingers do the haunting with DIY Halloween nail art   read more

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50 Hottest Nail Polish Colors for Fall

Typically, talk of seasonal collections is reserved for fashion houses and the catwalks of New York. But ever since prettily polished nails went from simple slumber party fare to the it accessories, nail polish collections are just as anticipated as whatever walking piece of art Karl Lagerfeld decides to send down the runway. After all, what good is a leather peplum top without an equally trendy metallic lacquer to pair with it?   read more

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And the Latest Designer to Add Nail Polish to Their Repertoire Is...

Over the weekend I attempted a DIY deep red manicure (Sadly, I do not recommend trying this at home). Despite spending an hour in the hunched-over position, meticulously applying polish, it took me three or more swipes to cover each nail, which left my manicure a thick and goopy mess. Which brings me to my next gripe: how tough it is to remove dark red polish. It's like trying to conceal blood at a crime scene (or so I assume from watching Dexter). Fast forward to today, when I find out that high-end designer Giorgio Armani is jumping on the beauty line bandwagon with a nail polish collection that makes a lot of promises -- namely that the custom-made brush (designed in the oh-so-chic Armani laboratories) can coat an entire nail in just one stroke.   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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