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DIY Tips From Celebrity Manicurist Beth Fricke

DIY Tips From Celebrity Manicurist Beth Fricke

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As the holiday season is upon us, money-saving tips are always welcome. So, whether you do your own nails or get them done professionally, check out these tips from the celebrity manicurist whose client list includes Heidi Klum, Mariska Hargitay and Sheryl Crow — and whose work has appeared on the covers of such top magazines as Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and Glamour.

First and most important is healthy nails in a healthy body.  Can nail condition give us signals that something is wrong?

Fricke:  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?
 
 
Fricke: The best, easiest way is to put an additional coat of topcoat on and then apply oil to the cuticles.
 
What nail colors are complementary to all skin tones?
 
 
Fricke: 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?

Fricke: 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?

Fricke: 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.

 
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