Are You Making These Mani Mistakes?

It’s the ultimate in pampering and ‘me time’ and when you’ve finished a manicure there’s nothing quite like the glossy, wet-look finish of two coats of expertly applied polish.

It’s a great way to unwind and can be done with one eye on the TV. Or can it? Turns out there are a handful of fairly commonly committed mistakes, but fear not… Antonia Gogou, manicurist at Hari’s Notting Hill, has the ultimate guide to getting it right, even when you DIY.

Careful of your cuticles…

‘People often cut cuticles when they are dry, which is a massive no-no,’ says Antonia. “If cutting is required, it should always be done once the cuticle has been soaked and pushed back, and then trimmed, but only if absolutely necessary.’

Be gentle on your nails…

‘Cleaning the nail bed with an acetone based polish remover before painting on the colour should definitely be avoided. Acetone can dehydrate nails and can cause your colour to chip and your nails to flake.’

Use a light touch…

‘Buffing the nail a little is great for smoothing out ridges and getting a smoother canvas for your varnish. Don’t use a buffer that’s scratchy or harsh as this can cause real damage. Instead find a buffing tool that has a soft grain and don’t overdo it.’

Always be prepared…

It’s no surprise that Antonia advises to, ‘Always use a base coat!’ Why, though? ‘Not using it will cause discolouring of the nails, dry-out the nails and reduce how long your polish can last.’

Put the scissors away…

‘If your nails are too long for your taste, it’s best to file rather than cut them. If you do need to take a lot of length off, use nail clippers and finish with a glass nail file. Glass files aren’t as hard and ‘seal’ rather than ‘rough up’ the nail edge.’



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