Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Manicure Maximizer

 
I am not a good manicurist, especially on my own nails.  I often try to save time by doing them myself and avoid the nail salon, but I inevitably do a horrible job that I'm not happy with and end up having to do them again which takes more time than if I had just gone to the salon in the first place!  One of the things I'm worst at is the shaping.  I'm just not good at filing my nails and never know which shape to go for.  Lucky for me, this article at Self.com showed me the best shape for your nails!
 

 

"Watch your form: The oval shape is hands down the best way to get a mani with marathon endurance. "There aren't any rigid corners like with a square nail that can smack against stuff, keeping nails healthier and polish on for longer," says Dennis Gross, M.D., a dermatologist in NYC.

Get buff: Filing in a back-and-forth motion is a tempting shortcut—the girly push-up of nail maintenance. The problem is, you'll end up with rough edges, making nails prone to chips, says Susan Nam, owner of Polished Beauty Bar in NYC, who tends the nails of Charlize Theron and Leighton Meester. Put in the extra effort: Use a file with medium grittiness, and move in one direction—left to right—and repeat."
 
Laurent Darmon

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