Of all the shelf lives of cosmetic products, nail polish sports the longest lifespan. Though experts suggest tossing it two to three years after opening, there's no real reason to throw it out -- it won't grow bacteria like a face wash from junior high might or coagulate like sunscreen from 2005 will. "Nail polish is naturally inhospitable to microorganisms due to the solvents in it," says cosmetic chemist Don Frey. Though it might get goopier over the years, it's not a danger to your health. read more
Essie's new nail polish collection just gave us the most exciting accessory for fall since the pumpkin spice latte. The fall 2014 collection, Dress to Kilt, encompasses all of the trends we saw walk down the runway, bringing them quite literally right to your fingertips. read more
When the New York City's cool girls treat themselves to a mani, they head to one place: Paintbox. Founded by former Cosmopolitan beauty editor Eleanor Langston, Paintbox changes the game of the nail salon experience, offering a seasonal menu of on-trend nail designs for a reasonable price in a chic setting. The salon's expert artists rely on Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polishes to execute their seasonal, ripped-from-a-fashion-editorial nail art looks. Langston gave TotalBeauty.com this exclusive look at the salon's new fall designs and how you can create them with Sally Hansen products. read more
Us trend spotters go back and forth on whether nail art is in or out, and whether it should be minimalist or bold and graphic. Regardless of what's in vogue, we'll always be fans of statement-making nail art -- and the nail looks at New York Fashion Week are some of our favorite designs yet. Fashion Week debuted gorgeous nail polish colors we're anxiously waiting for come spring, the new negative space manicure trend and a whole lot of intricate designs we're dying to DIY. Here, 12 Fashion Week nail art ideas to try at home. read more
If you don't have the time or know-how to do your own nail art, a slew of ingeniously formulated polishes are making it easy. Thanks to these cool textures, multichrome colors and chunky glitters, you can get a nail-art look with just one high-tech polish. Here, the sneaky multitaskers that are about to up your nail game. read more
She's already a go-to girl when it comes to setting fashion and even makeup trends (just check out her secret to the perfect cat eye), but now Alexa Chung is setting the trend in nail polish, too. read more
Christian Louboutin, he of crimson-soled-shoe fame, announced that he is releasing an eponymous beauty collection. His first foray is a nail polish line. It makes sense, considering it was an assistant's red nail polish that inspired the red soles of his shoes in 1992. The first shade, Rouge, hits stores on August 6, with 30 remaining shades following on August 31. At $50 a pop, these nail polishes aren't cheap -- but considering the faceted crystal bottle is a work of art in itself, the polishes can double as vanity decor. After all, Louboutins weren't meant to be put in a drawer. read more
You would think picking out a nail polish color would be as simple as putting on your shoes in the morning (you know, once you've decided which pair you're going to wear). But finding a nail polish color that will flatter your skin tone, appear on-trend and keep your hands from looking dull or aged -- that's the challenge. We spoke to Elsbeth Schuetz, celebrity manicurist for Nailtini, and celebrity and editorial manicurist Gina Edwards on how to find the nail color that's right for you. read more
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
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
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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