While we do love a cute nail art for our #NOTDs, proper nail care is just as essential for your health. Now more than ever, it is important to keep our nails clean and germ-free. As Dr. Gina Santiago-Eubanas of the Philippine Dermatological Society said, “Any part of the skin can harbor virus; that’s why we do the 20-second washing even under the nails so we can be rid of any deposits of the infectious virus.” More so, Dr. Santiago-Eubanas said: Now is not the time to keep your nails long. “We want to make sure the nails are cut short so we can avoid dry excess skin from accumulating along with dirt." Another golden rule in nail care these trying time? Don’t. Bite. Your. Nails.
While a trip to the nail salon might be impossible these days, learning how to do a proper DIY manicure at home can be achieved quite easily. Celebrity nail artist Mimi Qiu of Mimi Luxury Nails has these tips on how to perfect the art right at home!
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- Nail cutter
- Nail file
- Nail buffer
- Cuticle remover
- Make sure your hands are clean. Wash your hands with soap, water and sanitize with alcohol after.
- Soften dead skin. To do this, apply cuticle remover around the finger tips.
- Remove dead skin around the nails. Use the pusher to push the dead skin and use nipper to cut out the dead skin.
- Shape nails. After cleaning, it is recommended to use a nail file to shape your nails. When choosing a nail shape, Mimi advised, "If you are used to short nails, almond shape is your best shape choice to achieve a feminine look. But if you have long nails, square nails would be perfect."
- Buff your nails. "Use a nail buffer to ensure nail tips are not sharp enough to cause bruises and to achieve the perfect shape," said Mimi.
- Apply color! Before anything else, apply base coat, then your favorite color, and seal it off with a top coat. Pro tip: "Do not do multiple passes. Three strokes are enough to cover one nail," said Mimi. If you ruin your nails, Mimi has this hack. "Nail polish light scratches can be removed and restored using your favorite lotion. Just apply on the scratch and massage."
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