Keeping your nails in perfect condition is no easy feat. Rifling through your bag for house keys leads to chips, overly aggressive nail art causes stains, and dousing on hand sanitizer to ward off that office-wide cold dulls shine. The same goes for pedicures; whether you’re digging your toes in the grass on the weekend or finding bliss (and smudged polish) in upward facing dog pose. Factor in typing, cooking and colouring with the kids, and you might as well kiss your mani-pedi goodbye.
No need to keep from brandishing your paws in public. This simple three-step solution—prep, prime and protect—will undo the damage inflicted from life’s day-to-day dramas and keep your tips looking timeless, hydrated and healthy.
STEP 1: PREP
Before even picking up a bottle of base coat or lacquer, file your nails to achieve your desired shape. Be sure to file them in one direction to avoid any micro-tears of the nail bed.
STEP 2: PRIME
Apply one coat of nail treatment to fill in any ridges, smooth out the surface and conceal damage and imperfections. Try Sally Hansen’s Nail Rehab, a barely-there blush pink formula infused with jasmine and rose extracts that help strengthen and fortify weak, post-winter ravaged nails.
STEP 3: PROTECT
Apply a clear topcoat for a shiny and well-protected manicure. Not only does the perfect topcoat protect your polish against everyday wear, it also delivers gloss in abundance. Apply it every few days or so to refresh shine—so if and when you decide to take it off, your nails will look just as healthy in the buff.