The Basic Makeover for your hands
Our hands are
always on show but they are often the forgotten element in our
beauty routine. We pamper
with diligent skin
care and disguise our
with make-up. But
our hands? They are lucky if they get a bit of leftover
moisturizer from the face and the occasional slick of varnish.
We notice each other's hands almost unconsciously because hands are used so
extensively in communication. What impression do you think your hands make? Do
they convey a confident woman, or someone a bit unsure of herself? Is this woman
a bit slap-dash and disorganized, or is she on top of things? Bitten nails or
torn cuticles are a dead giveaway of someone unsure of themselves. Hands simply
and well manicured suggest a woman who pays attention to details and organizes
herself to get even the small things done.
Give a lift to your hands
Tomorrow you can send positive signals about yourself by giving yourself a quick
Prepare yourself for a manicure by having a bath first. Soaking in warm soapy
water prepares the hands best for a manicure. Remove all polish (with an
acetone-free varnish remover - to avoid drying the nails' essential oils) before
Remove excess cuticle with an orange stick doused in cuticle remover. Avoid
cuticle scissors as we tend to cut away more of the essential cuticle than we
Wash away all remnants of cuticle remover and dry the
thoroughly before varnishing.
File nails with an emery board in one direction only. Aim to keep all
the same length.
Select a neutral color or shade of varnish, one that will work with your
clothes for the next five days. If the varnish is thick, put it in the
refrigerator for an hour and it will thin down and be easier to apply.
With just a little polish on the brush, apply in long strokes from the base to
the tip, allowing a hairline gap below the cuticle.
When this base or first coat is dry, apply a second coat. Lighter or frosted
shades might need a third application to achieve an even color on all nails.
Add a clear top coat for a glamorous finish. This also helps prevent chipping
and so extends the life of your manicure.
Try to leave undisturbed to dry naturally for 30 minutes. Avoid doing a
manicure in bed, as you will be tempted to curl up under the covers and ruin
Once dry, run your nails under cold water to harden the polish.
Hand and Nail Care Essentials
Rub nail-strengthening cream into the cuticles and all over the nails on
the nights that you are giving them a rest between polishes.
Keep nails trim to prevent them from breaking.
Dry or brittle nails that are prone to breaking benefit from protection with
gloves when washing up or gardening.
Cover your hands with a layer of Vaseline or olive oil, then wear white cotton gloves to bed. Wake up to baby-soft hands.
Use any AHA cream
that you apply to your face to fade darkening age spots on your hands.