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
Easy nail art may seem like a beauty myth to anyone who has ever spent time scrolling through the many nail art masterpieces on Pinterest and Instagram. And while many nail designs can seem impossible to recreate without the help of a salon professional, there are indeed easy nail art looks that you can pull off yourself. read more
The struggle is real when you're trying to figure out how to make your nails grow faster. Even though fingernails grow about three millimeters a month, if you have brittle nails, peeling nails or are addicted to nail biting, this can seriously hinder your quest for strong, pretty nails. read more
Whether it's part of your girls-night-in itinerary or your budget-lockdown savings strategy, giving yourself a manicure always seems like a great idea -- at first. But somewhere between slathering on hand lotion, filing your nails to perfection and delicately dabbing on Ballerina Slipper, this charming at-home-spa fantasy tends to devolve into, well, a total nightmare. read more
We love cute nail designs as much as the next girl, but their adorability factor takes a backseat to two things: our talent and our patience. We are admittedly lazy creatures who don't want to spend an entire afternoon cultivating our nail art. So we've rounded up the most gorgeous -- and easy -- nail designs, from feminine and sweet to edgy and chic, that you'll want to copy ASAP. Here, the manicure inspiration you need for every occasion. read more
Stiletto nails -- the long, pointy nails that overtook our Instgram feeds seemingly overnight -- may seem impractical to many a manicure enthusiast. Sure, the pointed nails may render everyday tasks like texting impossible, but just like their namesake the stiletto heel, stiletto nails offer some surprising benefits. For starters, sleek-and-slender stiletto nails elongate the fingers, as well as the nail beds -- giving manicurists more room to create amazing stiletto nail designs. And whether you decide to go with minimalist white or black stiletto nails or more over-the-top pointy nail designs, one thing is for sure: razor-sharp stiletto nails add instant sex appeal to any manicure. read more
While most eyes were on the dresses and jumpsuits that came down the runway at last week's New York Fashion Week, we were laser-focused on models' manicures. If the nail art looks we saw most often are any clue to what will be on trend come spring 2016, we forecast minimalistic and geometric nail designs, along with wild splatter, ombre and dark, moody nails. read more
Uncover the most alluring fall 2015 nail color for your Zodiac sign read more
Summer is here. Time to free your feet of the confines of closed-toed shoes and break out your flip-flops, peep-toe espadrilles and platform sandals. But first … are your feet up to it? If your neglected toes have you wondering if the socks-with-sandals trend is really all that bad, don't give up on foot freedom just yet. We talked to celeb-trusted nail pros Roxanne Valinoti, Nicole Dihn and Jenna Hipp, who shared their top tips, tools and treatments to have your feet fit for flip-flops -- and you don't even have to leave your house. read more
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
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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