Trend Alert: Short Nails Are IN

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We’re going for a style renovation! Forget the claws, in 2018 we’re changing up our style, and short nails are in! After years of the trending ‘it’ nail being a long dramatic claw, we’re switching it up for a clean, cropped nail.

Not only are they harder to maintain, but long nails can be inconvenient. How many times have you struggled with a clasp on your necklace or a button on your shirt with long nails? And talk about trying to text silently! Short nails are easier to work with, and don’t get in the way of your daily activities.

Just like makeup, hair, and clothes, nail trends evolve too. Instead of going for jarring and extreme, we’re shifting our focus to a sophisticated, classy nail. So how can you get the best manicure?

1. Remove all polish with your favorite remover and some cotton balls. Make sure to remove all of the color thoroughly, even from the corners—you won’t want it to peek through!
2. Cut your nails down to the desired length. We like them short enough that they’re easy to manage, but have a tiny bit of length over the end of your finger!
3. Time to shape, what’s your pick: rounded or square? Go in with a file and even out all your nails to the desired shape. We’re thinking rounded for January!
4. Push back those cuticles to clean up your nails a bit! This also helps to shape them even further.
5. Make sure your nails and skin are moisturized (especially during this time of year!) Reach for your favorite oil and spread it onto your cuticle.
6. After drying, it’s time to apply a base coat to give your nail the best blank canvas and strengthen your nail. Try Bottom’s Up !
7. Choose your color! Our favorite color of the season is Chocolate Wine – a deep burgundy that has an earthy tone to it. We LOVE darks for the winter, and this one has a seasonal flair to it.
8. Last but not least, topcoat! Try the Dry It! Top Coat.  This will make your nail shine while protecting and sealing, but is also fast drying!

Kick Up Your Heels—Look Pedicure Fresh Every Day!

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Love the look of a fresh pedicure but hate to spend upwards of $30 every 1-2 weeks? Here are some tips to look like you just walked out of the nail salon every day.

 

  • Trim your nails evenly. Make sure to trim and file in a horizontal line to give a cleaner appearance and avoid the growth of ingrown toenails. After trimming your nails, be sure to clean underneath and check for any excess debris.
  • Don’t ignore your feet in the shower. Shower time is also pedicure prep time. When in the shower, don’t forget to wash your feet! Many people forget to take a scrubbing to their feet thinking the soapy water running down their bodies will do enough, but you may still be leaving dead skin.
  • Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! Exfoliating your feet will also help to give a softer feel and a smoother appearance. This will remove the dead skin cells that cause callouses and rough dry patches, and reveal a fresh new layer of baby-soft skin underneath.
  • Don’t forget to stay hydrated. Just like drinking adequate amounts of water is important for the skin on your face, hydration is a key component to avoiding dry and cracked feet. You can also moisturize to counteract any dryness that has already begun to appear. At night, spread your favorite lotion, butter, cream, or oil on and slip into some cozy cotton socks. When you wake up, your feet will look supple and the bottoms will be soft and smooth.
  • Keep them covered. When around the house, don’t walk around barefoot. This will contribute to calluses, dry patches, and dirt collecting at the bottom of your feet. Instead, opt for some slippers or socks.
  • And of course, make them pretty! Snazz your toes up with your favorite LuLu Face Co. nail polish. There are an array of polishes that not only make your toes look pretty and colorful, but also work to strengthen and moisturize your nails.