8 Tips For a Flawless Manicure with Lisa Logan

Make your next mani a perfect ten with this pro advice.
ESSENCE.COM Jul, 22, 2012

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The key to any manicure whether it be with polish or gels is to start with clean nails and apply thin coats. Logan also advises to beware of peeling nails which will make your manicure chip faster.

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While it may be tempting to rock that sassy nail design you saw on Pinterest, make sure to consider your lifestyle when deciding on your manicure. “We’re in a pivotal moment for nails right now, but everything is not for everybody,” says Logan. “You cannot have long, pointy stiletto nails and you work in a corporate environment.”

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What is one of the biggest mistakes women make when it comes to the nails? “Keeping polish on forever,” says Logan. If you’re hanging on to last week’s manicure, let it go. It’s better to remove those leftover bits of polish and go with a quick-dry clear coat instead.

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“When you do a manicure at home, make sure you do a good job of removing the polish because you want healthy nails,” says Logan. When removing your polish at home, be sure to pamper your nails properly after removing polish. Polish remover with acetone is powerful enough to remove glitter, stones or other ornate designs. If you’re only removing two coats of polish from your natural nails, choose non-acetone polish remover which is more gentle.

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While longer nail shapes are making a comeback, a shorter, classic nail shape will never go out of style. “You can do any color you want even with a short natural nail. You don’t have to go overboard with everything. Keep it nice and clean.”

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If you’re looking for a longer-lasting manicure, try an at-home gel manicure. Logan loves the Haute Polishat-home gel nail polish kit which includes everything you need to create beautiful gel nails at home. “The biggest complaint is that most people can’t have a perfect manicure that lasts more than two or three days. With gels, your manicure will last weeks so the price you pay for the products is worth it. Just make sure that you put them on and remove them properly,” says Logan.

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If you have an adventurous spirit, experiment with nail art, colorblocking, or even glitter. “Girls love things that sparkle. It’s okay to have fun as long as it’s not gaudy,” says Logan.

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If you’ve tried to master your mani at home with faltering results, Logan says it’s no big deal. Call up your nail tech and have her pencil you back into her appointment book. “Sometimes it’s okay to go to a salon and just get your nails done. Let someone pamper you,” says Logan.


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