When to Do Manicure
Hands and nails have become an important aspect of modern beauty, with manicures offering the opportunity to experiment with color trends and nail design styles while simultaneously encouraging healthy nails, cuticles and skin.
Before getting a manicure, be sure to trim and file your nails to achieve the look that best suits you – be it squared off edges or round.
1. Before bed
Most nail polishes take 24 hours to fully set, even when using quick-drying top coats or drops. Painting nails too close to bedtime may result in them smudging as you move or do other activities before sleeping – leaving a messy manicure when you wake up!
To avoid this scenario, apply thin nail polish layers before bed. This will ensure they dry faster while keeping their color fresh throughout the night.
One way to speed up the drying process is dipping your nails in ice water after applying polish, as this causes it to set more quickly, helping prevent smudges or other problems from appearing. Note: Avoid hot water as this could cause bubbles in your manicure! Additionally, this works well if painting your nails early morning before work!
2. After a long day
If you like switching up their nail color regularly, it is essential that you take steps to maintain healthy nails between manicures. “Manicures are a wonderful way to relax and look put-together; however, frequent manicures could result in nail damage,” cautions Kayla.
Signs that it might be time for a manicure break include keratin granulation, peeling and ridges, discoloration and dehydrated cuticles. Gel nail polish in particular can suffocate your natural nail plate, leaving them dull and brittle.
Some people prefer getting their nails professionally manicured every week in order to ensure their nails remain neat and tidy, though you could get away with getting it done every few weeks with proper application techniques. Avoid loading too much polish on your brush; only apply two swipes of color per application session; additionally it is wise to moisturize nails and cuticles regularly for best results.
3. On a weekend
At one time, manicures involved simply slathering polish onto freshly filed nails with a brush; but now there is more variety when it comes to this beauty treatment. Gels and press-ons that adhere directly onto nails may last longer than nail polish.
Well-groomed nails can help you look put-together and feel confident, creating an excellent first impression when meeting with clients or coworkers for meetings or interviews.
Manicurists advise getting a manicure every two weeks for optimal nail health and to prevent chipping. You could go longer if you have natural half moons at the base of your nails that don’t need covering (you could always cheat and use paper hole reinforcing stickers as a temporary coverup solution). Others make weekly manicures part of their weekly schedule, with Thursday nights often becoming known as ‘Nails Night.’
4. On a holiday
When traveling for the holidays, getting your nails done early will ensure they look their best in photos taken during your journey. Remember that changing up colors too frequently may cause it to chip more quickly – stick to just one or two to ensure maximum longevity for your manicure!
Add a festive touch to your manicure by adding a gold hue that suits both Christmas and New Year’s. Or choose glitter nail polish for an extra sparkling touch!
French tip nails remain popular and timeless holiday looks, yet can be updated for the season by using white polish as the base and adding gold stripes with a striper nail art brush – creating the effect of beautifully wrapped gifts under the tree! Or for something subtler, consider black shimmer polish which resembles twinkling stars in the sky (or try this festive manicure featuring a candy cane design!).