If you know me, it's not a secret that I'm obsessive about my manicures. But nobody knows that in the winter months I have a hard time maintaining them. When the weather changes, the nails get terrible. Julie Kandalec, manicurist from New York, tells us the tips for beautiful hands this winter.
-The nails take a beating in cold weather because the extremes of cold and artificial heat cause them to lose moisture. When dry they are more prone to breakage, fissures and do not grip the enamel well. Protects the nails during the winter with cuticle oil, which makes them more flexible.
- Do not use very dark colors if you have long nails. "If not," explains Julie, "you run the risk that the drama is too much and focuses unwanted attention on the nails." Save those nail polishes for when you have short nails.
-Long and square nails are out of fashion. Now, the longer your nails are, the more oval they have to be. The oval shape does for the fingers what the leg stilettos do: they make them look longer and slimmer. If you like square nails, Julie says keep them short for a chic look.
-Currently there are various enamel finishes: mattes are flat; there are also finishes that take the shine off any enamel; The ones with magnetic finishes are super new, these lacquers contain iron powder and when a magnet is passed over the wet enamel, a wave-like effect appears. Look for these nail polishes from Nails, Inc. London.
- The metallic lacquers are essential this winter, says Julie. But these are not your grandmother's colors. These are much more fun, with a micro-glitter effect. Julia loves Le Vernis Nail Color at Graphite, $ 26, from Chanel.