Summer is coming to a close, but before we say goodbye to the sweet summer fun, we're decking out our digits with the perfect Labor Day manicure. read more
Honestly, is there any better way to relax than to endlessly scroll Instagram while admiring manicures? Forget baseball, let's make this the new national pastime. After all, there are definitely nail artists out there who know how to hit metaphorical home runs with their intricate nail art as well as any major league player can hit a literal one with a bat. Call them the MVPs of nail art, if you will. read more
You know the theme song by heart. You've walked approximately 46 miles out of your way this week. You're currently in the process of incubating no fewer than six eggs and have told your significant other that all you want from this life is a Mew Two. Face it: You're addicted to Pokémon Go. Here, some of our favorite Pokémon-inspired nail designs to rock while you take yourself down to Niantic City, where the grass is green and the Psyducks are pretty. read more
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
Summer is the season of grand debuts. For some, that means showing off that bikini body you've worked your ass off to achieve. For others, it means pulling those sundresses, shorts and crop tops out of storage. But for us? It means we finally get to reveal the most sizzlin' summer nail colors (that complement the new strappy sandals we've been dying to wear). read more
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
In the two weeks after I first tried gel nails, I thought my life was changed forever. Cursed with dry, flimsy nails, I can't get a normal polish to stick around for two days -- let alone the two weeks that my gel nails lasted. It was only when I went to get it removed that I realized this gift from the nail gods was too good to be true. The gel formula had ravaged my delicate nails, leaving every last one of them peeling and weaker than ever. read more
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
Let's try a little exercise in visualization: Close your eyes. Imagine that you're seated on a stool in Hogwarts' Great Hall. (Yes, we know you're geeking out). Headmaster Dumbledore (R.I.P.) is in front of you, the rest of the magically inclined first-years are behind you. But when the Sorting Hat is placed on your head, it sing-songs not only your House, but the nail polish shades that best suit your personality. read more
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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