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Sum­mer-ready nails

Weekend Herald - Canvas - - HOME + BEAUTY - Tracey Strange

Scout Cos­met­ics Nail Pol­ish in Capricorn Dreamer ($ 20); and Na­tio Nail Colour in Lily Pink ($ 15.50).

Hot, dry weather isn’t good news for nails. Hu­mid­ity, on the other hand, is. If you are in the north, watch those nails thrive. In the drier south? Pro­tect against brit­tle­ness by reg­u­larly slather­ing on a mois­ture-rich hand cream.

Raid the pantry. Cu­ti­cles run ragged? Corn or soya oil ap­plied to wet skin then dried off leaves no greasy residue and your cu­ti­cles will soak it up, seal­ing in the mois­ture.

Make it last. Pol­ish will only stick to su­per clean nails so first wash them with soap, dry them and then re­move any last traces of oil with re­mover. Ap­ply pol­ish in very fine coats rather than one thick one — it lasts much longer. Clever tip. The stains don’t linger for long, but dark nail pol­ish can leave a dirty-look­ing residue when its re­moved. To pre­vent, ap­ply cu­ti­cle oil to the skin and un­der the nails be­fore us­ing re­mover.

Top it off. Top coats, which of­fer a bril­liantly clear fin­ish, will help pre­serve pol­ish for a day or two. But a man­i­cure will last far longer if you con­tinue to ap­ply top coat on day three and day four – even, if you’re lucky, day five.

Cut the com­bos. They are a great idea but all-in-one base and top coats may not be such great value. A base coat should be sticky, whereas a top coat needs to dry to a hard fin­ish. They aren’t great at swap­ping roles. Take it easy. Ditch the enamel and buff nails to high shine. But be mind­ful, buff­ing nails so hard they start to heat up (and hurt), means you’re caus­ing too much fric­tion, risk­ing dam­age.

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