The Manicure Bible
Celebrity manicurist, Beth Fricke, is known for painting the tips of some of Hollywood’s favorite leading ladies (Drew Barrymore, Sheryl Crow, Heidi Klum, Mariska Hargitay, Miranda Kerr, Christina Ricci, Mariah Carey, to name a few). Besides being a trendsetter in the world of nails, she’s also quite the forecaster.
Here’s a fabulous piece on Beth’s expert insights on choosing the right shade, nail care and all things manicures:
They say that nail condition is an important indicator of health. What irregularities should we look for and what health problems to they point to?
White spots can be an indicator of diet issues or damage (like a smashed finger). Ridges in the nail can be from too dry cuticles or damage. Purple or blue looking nails or hands are indication of circulatory issues.
How can you extend the life of a manicure?
The best, easiest way is to put an additional coat of topcoat on and then apply oil to the cuticles.
What nail colors are complimentary on all skin tones?
There are some sheers and slightly darker reds that seem to work pretty universally.
Why should we use different products to moisturize our nails than for our hands?
When we moisturize hands, we are trying to moisturize the skin. When we do nails, we are trying to moisturize parts under the skin or the layered nail, that both require substantially more penetration.
What tips do you recommend to ensure a perfect manicure at home?
File the nails the same shape. Clean out under the nails to make sure there are no rough edges or corners. Gently buff over the top of the nail and cuticle with a soft (220 grit or higher) buffer and then brush them with a wet nail brush.
Before you polish, wipe the nail with some polish remover to remove any oils. Make sure you hit the outer edge of the nail with polish and with the top coat to seal it in.