Nails can get overlooked in favour of hair and skin when it comes to pamper timeBut pretty nails don’t take much work if you know the right secrets. In 7 years of at-home manicures, I’ve learned more than my fair share so I’m going to bestow them upon you! Here are 4 minimally time consuming and easy nail care hacks to improve the appearance and health of your nails without even trying very hard.
Upgrade Your Nail FileGet yourself a crystal nail file and you’ll find that shaping your nails takes half the time it would with the flimsy cardboard one that came inside a manicure kit someone got you for Christmas 2 years ago (I’ve been there, girl). The glass nail files that you pick up in the store should have a fine ‘grit’ which means they’re gentle on natural nails. You can tell if a file has a fine or coarse grit by just running your finger along it. If it feels ‘sandy’, it’s probably too coarse to use on the tips of your nails and can do more harm than good; so steer clear. Lazy Girl’s Protip: You can run a crystal nail file through the dishwasher to clean it
Close-up of a woman in a nail salon receiving a manicure by a beautician with. Beautician file nails to a customer.
Always Use a Base Coat (2 minutes)Using a good base coat before you apply your colour will make your mani last longer and strengthen your nails while you go about your day. Win win! You only need a very thin coat and they tend to dry very quickly. By the time you’ve finished the 10th nail, the first one is dry and ready for your colour.
Moisturise Your Cuticles at BedtimeMost of us have some sort of nighttime routine that we can’t sleep without. Here’s how mine goes…
- Moisturise face
- Apply lip balm
- Tie up hair
- Plug in phone
- Moisturise cuticles