There is really only one thing I want to say to you here about nails and that is… not wait hang on hang on… two things… and they are:
ONE: Never let anyone cut your cuticles. If you do, then three days after your manicure you will suddenly have these little hang nails everywhere, which will rip and cause you immense pain and ruin the look of your nice manicure.
I only worked out quite recently why this hang-nail situation happened and since then have said to any manicurist “please do not cut my cuticles” and they don’t and tra la la! No more hang nails. I very occasionally cut my cuticles myself with a cuticle cutter but very carefully and only in an emergency
TWO: Use nail oil. I keep nail oil by my bed and before I go to sleep I dab it on and rub it in. This probably seems neurotic and mad to you but it may not surprise you to learn that I have a real problem with picking at and generally destroying my cuticle area. If they are in the least bit dry or pickable all hell breaks loose.
In the past my attitude has been “My hands and nails are not very nice so I will attack them to punish them” … but now it’s more like “My hands and nails are not my best feature so let’s try really hard not to make them look any more ugly than they already are.”
It is important, in my view, to use an oil especially formulated for cuticles, not just any old oil such as almond – it just doesn’t do quite the same job. I like this one from Opi. If you use nail oil regularly, particularly after a bath or a shower, the natural action of massaging it into your cuticles will help keep the cuticles back. If your cuticles are growing down over your nails, last thing at night, apply nail oil, push them back carefully, apply more nail oil and then go to sleep. When you wake up they will probably look fine.
Another thing I use nail oil for is in the summer if I’m going somewhere nice in open shoes I dab a bit on any visible toes – it makes them look really expensive for almost no effort, or genuine expense, at all.
There are a lot of nail varnishes around at the moment that claim to treat nails as well as providing colour and shine. One I have been sent which I really like is called Kiss Me, I’m Kind by Orly.
It is a lovely pretty, sheer nude colour – every bit as nice as my similar one from Chanel – it comes with a wide brush and so it takes about ten seconds to do your nails.
I rarely use colour on my nails because my fingers are very short and stubby (typing very fast is basically the only thing they are much good at) but sometimes you just want to join in with all the other fancy ladies and paint your nails. You feel me?