The Best Pokemon Nails to Try Now

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

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The 15 Prettiest Summer Nail Polish Colors for the Beach

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

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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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Road Test: The Best New At-Home Gel Nail Polishes

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

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Your Perfect Nail Polish, According to Your Hogwarts House

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

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17 Easy Nail Art DIYs That Anyone Can Pull Off

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

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7 Ways to Make Your Nails Grow Longer

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

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12 Emotional Stages of Giving Yourself a Manicure

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

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27 Cute Nail Designs You Need to Copy Immediately

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

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27 Stiletto Nails That Will Take Your Manicure to the Next Level

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

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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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