Can you think of a better way to treat yourself than by splurging on a luxurious manicure? A little nail art, a few rhinestones, and an on-trend hue give you the same boost of confidence as a spot-on outfit or a really good hair day. Unlike those things, which only last a day or so, a solid polish job can last you a few weeks, if you play your cards right.

But if you are manicure newbie, there are certain things that you need to know before you book yourself an appointment at the nail bar. Read on to find out what they are.

5 things every manicure newbie needs to know

Gel and acrylic nails are completely different

Acrylic nails are made with a powder dipped in solvent and are essentially used to lengthen the nail or provide a stronger top layer over the natural nail.  Cue: The crazy-long coffin nails Kylie Jenner is obsessed with.

Gel nails, on the other hand, come in nail polish shades, and are made hard by being cured under a UV or LED lamp.

5 things every manicure newbie needs to know

Your nails don’t actually need to breathe

Contrary to popular belief, your nails don’t actually need to breathe. Why you ask? Because your nails are dead to begin with and the whole idea that your nail polish restricts your nails from breathing a big myth. But it is still advisable to go polish-free once every few weeks because frequently polishing your nails breaks down the protective enamel, leading to brittle, fragile nails. 

5 things every manicure newbie needs to know

Gel nail polishes weaken your nails

Now that you know about the nail breathing myth, it’s time to find out the part of your nails that require TLC. Yes, gel nail polishes do weaken your nails, but it is majorly because of the removal process. Your nail bed and cuticles are made up of living tissue, which is why you need to be careful during the application and removal process. DON'T rip them off. Always go to a professional to remove them safely.

5 things every manicure newbie needs to know

Trendy patterns and colours can make hands look older

We know you’re shook after reading this, but you need to consider the overall appearance of your hands before choosing a colour or pattern for your manicure. For older looking hands, keep your nails short and round and choose a neutral colour. This will help divert attention from the age of the hands.

5 things every manicure newbie needs to know

DO NOT cut your cuticles

Most manicurists are already aware about this and don’t cut cuticles at all, but it still makes a lot of sense to confirm with yours before you start the manicure. Cutting your cuticles puts you at the risk of infection. Always just push your cuticles back and do not cut them.

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