Chipping Polish & Choosing Foundation

Dear Laurel: I love getting manicures and how great it makes my hands look and feel, but it’s so frustrating when after a day my polish is already chipping. What can I do to help my polish last longer?  Melinda ~ Woburn

Dear Melinda: There are few things more frustrating than discovering chipped polish after spending your hard earned money on a professional manicure. Most expect to get at least a few good days before seeing the first signs of chipping. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps you can take to extend the life of your manicure: 1. Avoid prolonged exposure to water by wearing gloves when cleaning or doing dishes and limiting the time you spend bathing. 2. After having a manicure, apply a thin layer of top coat frequently; every other day is usually sufficient. The top coat you choose can also include a nail strengthener or hardener, and your nail technician can usually suggest one best suited for your nail type. 3. Keep your hands and cuticles well moisturized to keep them looking and feeling great. This is especially important during the cold winter months when the air is lacking humidity and literally pulls the moisture from your skin. Practicing good home nail care can help to extend the life of your manicure, save you time and money, and help to keep your hands looking their very best.

Dear Laurel: I’m having a hard time choosing a makeup foundation that looks natural. How do I go about selecting a color that best matches my skin tone?  Erika ~ Lexington

Dear Erika: The first thing you should remember is that foundation is just that, the base on which all your other makeup will rest. Therefore, your foundation should simply smooth out skin imperfections, not change its color. The right foundation should appear nearly invisible when applied correctly. Your best bet for foundation success is to seek the aid of a professional makeup artist or esthetician that can assist you in making the right color choice for your skin tone. To ensure that you are truly happy with the foundation selected, borrow a mirror and head toward the nearest window or door in order to access the natural lighting outside. This will allow you to see your foundation in the most natural of settings. If that is not an option, apply a small amount of foundation to your inner wrist, or even better, along your jaw line. The applied area should look natural with no noticeable difference in color or skin tone. It may take some time to find a foundation that is perfect for you, but once you have, you’ll be happy you did.

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