Q: Many women are guilty of over-cutting their cuticles. What is the purpose of our cuticles and when is it appropriate to trim them?
A: Nail cuticles act as a protective layer for the nail plate to ensure that no dirt and other germs enter the nail as it grows. Ideally, one should not cut cuticles as this causes the cuticle to become harder and could allow germs and bacteria to enter.
Q:What’s the best way to care for cuticles and what’s the pro’s way to pushing them back?
A: The best way to care for your cuticles without causing damage is to push them back when they are soft and moist, for example, after washing your hands. Using a cuticle stick and gently pressing up against the cuticle will allow the cuticle to be pushed back gently and without damaging it.
Q: Is it possible to over-buff nails and how can one avoid making this mistake, especially when using a four-step buffer?
A: Yes, this is possible and a common mistake women make. A recommended approach is to use a gentle side-to-side motion whilst not applying too much pressure. With a four step buffer, starting with the roughest side, your aim is to smooth out the major ridges. Thereafter, the process is repeated with the next roughest side on the buffer and so on. The final side of the buffer is really for the finishing touches, where you polish and shine your nail to give it that glossy finish (it should look like you have just put on clear nail polish).
Q: With celebrities sporting various nail shape trends, what is the ultimate tip to finding the ideal nail shape?
A: Finding the ideal nail shape will be strongly influenced by how your nail grows. Depending on your personal preference, using tools such as a nail file and nail clipper, you can shape your nail into the desired shape.
Q: What is a complete no-no when choosing a nail file and filing ones nails?
A: It’s advisable to avoid using metal files, as they can be damaging to your nail. Do not file from side to side as this can weaken the stress points of the nail’s free edge. To achieve maximum results with the least damaging effect, file from the corner to the centre in one direction.
Q: I heard shaking a nail polish bottle is a no-no, so what’s the best thing to do to mix the colour in the bottle?
A: Storing your nail colour in a cool, dry place assists in the prevention of the nail colour separating. Shaking the nail polish bottle could create air bubbles, so instead of shaking the bottle, rather roll it in your hands.
Q: What’s the best way to apply colour? Should one wiggle the brush and how many strokes are enough?
A: This is dependent on the brush size. Using three simple strokes should cover the entire nail bed with colour. Apply thin coats of colour and depending on how intense you like it, one to three strokes will do.
Q: How important is it to seal the tip and how should it be done?
A: If you want to minimise chipping, paint a little polish across the nail edge and under the nail tip. This thickens the polish and allows for longer wear.
Q: How long should one wait for colour to dry before applying a top coat?
A: This is dependent on the formula of the nail polish and the thickness of the coat. 60-90 seconds should allow for sufficient drying time before applying the next layer or top coat.
Q: With dark shades still on-trend, how can one prevent stained nails?
A: Always apply a base coat when applying a darker shade.
Q: Where is the best place to store nail polish and why?
A: Always keep your nail polish in a cool dry area eg. The fridge. This will offer easy application, fast drying times and will lengthen the life span of your nail polish.