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Post by IHB Beauty Contributor, Laura – @hersheme

Keeping my nails in shape is the bain of my existence. It seems as quickly as you put on a fresh coat of paint a chip appears. And then another and another aaaaand another. Soon enough, you look like you’ve been scratching concrete for the entire day. Let’s face it, horrible looking nails can take our look from fab to drab in an instant and homeless chic just really isn’t in at the moment. Keeping up with the seasonal trends can be quite the minefield so I generally try to stick with the following train of thought; cool for summer, warm for winter. This motto has seen me through many event seasons, which worked out well because I’m definitely way too lazy to think of a new one.

  1. Keep it clear

Honestly, painting my nails in not my forte. In fact, my hands resemble some sort of varnish explosion after one or two coats. I work in an office so as much as I enjoy colour, sometimes just a good file and clean-up is all that is takes. I keep my cuticles trimmed to ensure that fresh mani look, give my nails a good buff and pop over a coat or two of clear nail polish. It’s amazing what a little lovin’ will do.

Drop a bit moisturiser into some water and soak your hands for a few minutes before you get started. This softens the skin around the nail bed making in much easier to remove. I always add cuticle oil after I’ve finished my nails as well as a few times during the week.

Even if you opt for a colour, always add a top coat over the final coat. 

Sally Hansen Ultra Wear Topcoat

SH Top Coat

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These cuticle trimmers make for light work and you will get plenty of use out of them.

Manicare Plier Cuticle Trimmer

Manicare Cuticle trimmer

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Keep your cuticles happy with Revitanail Nourishing Treatment Oil

Revitanail Oil

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Gone are the days of the boring buff with this handsome devil:

Models Prefer 3 Step Ergonomic Nail Buff

MP Nail buff

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Browns are back

A colour that is regularly over looked for the more mainstream black or light pink is brown. Light or dark, this colour gets my through autumn in tip top shape. I regularly get comments on how nice and simple my nails look when I bust these beauties out. If you love your shellac, ask your nail lady (or gent) to show you some browns and choose away! They look much better finished than they do in the bottle and add that little chic touch to any outfit.

This brand is synonymous with nails and it’s for good reason. Their brushes allow you to glide the polish on with such ease. Tiny tip – try not to need any more than two stoked per nail, per coat. Simply place the brush at the nail bed and almost shimmy it on an angle in two swoops. IT can take a bit of getting used to but once you get the hang of it, you will never look back.

OPI Nail Lacquer in ‘Over the Taupe’

OPI Nail polish

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Why so grey

Grey is another colour that is regularly overshadows by the usual suspects. It can be casual or elegant and no matter the occasion, it’s always a winner! Now I haven’t read the books or seen the movie, but the OPI 50 Shades of Grey collection is magnifico!

OPI – Embrace the Gray

OPI Grey

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Tip for your tips

Try as I might, there is always some form of splatter on my skin after applying the polish. If like me you struggle to paint inside the lines of the nail bed I have a secret weapon. Don’t stress yourself out with the little mishaps, just clean it up at the end. Go nuts with the polish and get it all over the house if you need to (although this may not be the best idea!). I use a small make up brush dipped in nail polish remover to clean up around the outside of the nail. It needs to be rounded or pointed so you can really go to work on that little sucker!

Artiste Concealer Brush #1


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