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Manicure and Nails

With all of the dining and dancing that typically happens on prom night, your hands and nails are definitely going to garner some attention. While most of your focus may be on your dress and hair for the big night, it’s important to pay at least a little attention to your fingertips. Plus, if your date surprises you with a gorgeous wrist corsage, you’ll want to have nails worthy of it. Here’s how to give yourself a quick and easy manicure on prom night to help you put your best hand forward:

Step 1 – File: You should always use a fine file to smooth your nails, working in one direction. If the file is too coarse or if you saw back and forth, your nails will be more likely to break. For a pretty, clean look, round the edges of your nails into an oval shape and keep them at fingertip length. If your nails reach much beyond your fingertips, they will tend to tear.

Step 2 – Moisturize: To moisturize your nails and cuticles, rub a small amount of cuticle oil around the edges of your nails to keep them soft and prevent unsightly hangnails. Then, gently push your cuticles back with a cuticle stick to expose the most of your pretty nails.

Step 3 – Clean: Before adding polish to your nails, wash your hands in an antibacterial soap to remove oil from the nails. You may also rub a cotton ball dipped in nail polish remover over your nails to remove any excess oil. Removing the oil before polishing helps to make the color last longer and prevent chipping.

Step 4 – Apply a Base Coat: Applying a base coat of clear nail polish keeps colored polish from staining your nails yellow and creates a smooth surface so the color will last longer and go on more evenly. Be sure to let your nails dry before adding any colored polish.

Step 5 – Add Color: To add colored polish, wipe one side of the brush against the mouth of the bottle to remove excess polish. This will allow you to create a thin, even coat. Stroke the brush down the middle of your nail, down each side, and then along the tip of the nail to seal any chips. Wait one minute for the polish to dry and then apply a second coat the same way. Once this coat has dried, paint on a clear top coat for shine.

Tips

  • To quickly fix any chips or mistakes, fill in problem areas with a dot of polish and allow it to dry. Follow this dot with one full coat of polish over the entire nail for an even look and then a clear top coat for shine.
  • Choose a bright polish color in either a matching or complementary tone to your prom dress. Pastel colors may look pretty in the bottle but can make your nails look dirty or discolored from a distance.
  • To keep your color lasting even after prom is over, apply a fresh top coat of clear polish every other day. This will protect the color against chips and keep your nails looking shiny and freshly manicured.
 
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