9 Ways To Guarantee You'll Get A Perfect Manicure—Everytime!

Cuticle Care

"Once you let someone cut your cuticles you will end up in a vicious cycle of constantly having to cut them. I’m a big believer that cutting the cuticle is not the way to go. Your skin is your body’s largest organ and your cuticles are the end of the skin – they are meant to be there to act as barrier for bacteria.

It’s always necessary for the cuticles to be softened before they are pushed back because pushing on the matrix of the nail—the base of the cuticle where the nail is formed—too hard can damage the nail. It’s really imperative that the skin is softened, not simply hydrated, before cuticles are pushed back."

Mark Schafer

 Assistant Digital Producer

A good manicure is so much more than a smart color choice. There's also the grooming, the shaping and top coat techniques, to list just a few of the important steps you (and your manicurist!) should be following. And that's not just coming from us; take it from the authority on all things nail-related: Deborah Lippmann. The celebrity manicurist, founder and creative director of her eponymous beauty line and now salon owner knows a thing or two about keeping nails in tip-top condition. Click through above for her expert, fail-safe advice.

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