| briany wrote:|
| truequeen06 wrote:|
| Qfab4in wrote:|
any tips for 'clean' cuticles? i like how yall nails look very polished. any tips?
Do you mean not getting polish on your cuticles, or having nice cuticles that aren't peeling etc?
I would be grateful if you could answer for both.
I use a cuticle removing tool similar(just a different brand/color) to this.
You have to soften the cuticles first, either with an instant cuticle remover(can be a polish or cream) that makes them soft after it dries or the old fashion way, by soaking your nails in water, either way whatever does the trick.
Then you push back the cuticles and remove the excess cuticle(dead tissue) or hangnail with the blade of the tool, you can often gently scrape them away with the cuticle pushing side of the stick after it's been softened but if you really have stubborn overgrowth then the trimmer(the blade) is a good way to remove that. It's very sharp so be careful!
You work on all the nails in one direction horizontally in a slightly curve like fashion(upward sweep, to not run it into the nail bed across the beginning of the nail bed and gently remove the excess cuticles in one go.
Stubborn hangnails can be removed with the blade by positioning the stick vertically if they are on the side of the nail, make sure the blade points toward the tip of the nail(so that it doesn't get into the nail bed) and be very gentle.
I like the way it's explained here
so you can check that out for a more detailed explanation.
You could also use a cuticle cutter, which looks like this:
or like this:
Your nails will be smooth and easier to polish, plus pushing back the cuticles before you polish your nails will give you more space to work with and you will end up with a cleaner look (explained very well in a long response from the author below the blog entry.)
You can keep your nails and cuticles moisturized by massaging them with oil or lotion now and then, especially to avoid the skin around the nail from drying out.