Beautifully manicured nails polish off any look but keeping your mani chip-free and looking fresh is not as easy as it sounds. Strong, healthy nails are key â€“ and that means looking after them inside and out.
â€śHaving a diet high in protein and taking supplements such as vitamin C or silica daily will help strengthen nails from the inside,â€ť says Fiona Hay, celebrity manicurist and Orly ambassador.
â€śOn the outside, apply cuticle oil daily and use a protein strengthener as often
Your mani is also a great way to keep up with beauty trends without resorting to dramatic make-up looks that might not be entirely suitable … or appropriate.
This season, the must-have nail shades are opaque nudes, rich forest and emerald greens, and deep reds.
Nail art is also one of the most coveted beauty accessories of the year. If youâ€™re not a fan of complicated designs, Hay recommends trying understated details such as half-moon manicures, feature nails in a contrast colour, or combining textures such as matte and gloss by using a matte top coat.
And what about the secret to that chip-free mani? Hay recommends sealing each coat of polish by brushing across the tip of the nail.
â€śThis will ensure that moisture will not get between the layers of polish, and the tips wonâ€™t lift causing chips,â€ť she says.