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Beauty by Rose: You’ve Nailed It!

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With so many Nail Varnish shades to choose from at Illamasqua, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to creating the perfect manicure. To make the most of whichever colour you go for, take these simple steps to keeping your nails healthy…

Preparing your nails

Filing your nails regularly is a great way to keep them strong and build resistance against chipping and peeling. Try to do this every 2-3 days for optimum results.

Tip: mirroring the shape of your nail bed when you file your nails will help them to look longer.

Base coat

A base coat is essential for the perfect manicure; think of it as the make-up primer of the nail world because you can go without it but the results will be better if you don’t.

Tip: have you been skipping this step? Follow a tip from one of our Twitter followers, @PixieLizziee.

Nail art

Nail expert Rebecca Wilson came up with a great alternative to an accent nail – she likes to pick out the nail moon. Try something like this look that she did for me before Christmas, adding gems to the moon of my index finger.

Tip: want to experiment with nail art? Try our Precision Inks – as well as being popular eye liner pens, they double up as great nail art pens.

Top coat

Top coats are the icing on the cake of a manicure, adding a glossy sheen and preventing any unsightly chips. Our Nail Varnish in Hemlock is an unusual top coat worth experimenting with to give any shade an ethereal glow.

Would you like any more hints or tips? Tweet @illamasqua and I’ll be happy to help. I’d especially love to see any manicures that were inspired by this post!

Rose – Social Media Manager x

Govinder Rayt

Govinder Rayt

Writer and expert