Life is not perfect but your nails can be! It is important that you give as much attention to your nails as any other part of your body. You may be particular about taking great care of your skin and hair. But are you also giving your nails equal TLC? Not caring for your nails can drastically bring your beauty game down!

The key to a good manicure is healthy nails. You may be unknowingly making these mistakes that are damaging your nails. Read on to know more...

Scratching nail polish off with your fingers
 

Scratching nail polish off with your fingers

Scratching your nail polish off from your nails is the biggest mistake you’re making. By doing so, you’re not just stripping off your nail polish but also the top layer of your nails. Always use a nail polish remover or else you will destroy the top layer of your nails.

Cutting your cuticles
 

Cutting your cuticles

Crusty cuticles have the power to mess up a good manicure. However, cutting them is not the best option. Instead, massage your cuticles with cuticle oil. The oil will soften your cuticles and make them pliable. You will then be able to push them back with the help of an orange (wooden) stick.

Improper diet
 

Improper diet

Did you know? Anything that you eat has a direct effect on your hair, skin and nails. It is, therefore, important to watch what you eat. Drinking tons of soda can ruin your beautiful nails. Increase your intake of green leafy vegetables, foods rich in magnesium, calcium and drink plenty of water.

Not using a base coat
 

Not using a base coat

Are you wondering why your nails are still stained with the last nail polish you applied? It’s because you’re not using a base coat. Base coats not only help your nails to become stronger but also allow you to remove your polish easily. They act as a barrier to save your nails from losing its natural oils and protect them from the harmful chemicals of darker nail polishes.

Using back-and-forth motion to file your nails
 

Using back-and-forth motion to file your nails

If you are a manicure maniac, you know how important it is to file your nails. Filing gives your nails proper shape and smooths out the edges. However, you need to file them the right way. Using a back-and-forth motion to file your nails causes them to crack and break off eventually. Instead, file them in just one direction and save them from unnecessary chipping over time.