N – Nailing the art of a manicure
It is said, that grooming is everything. Alright, maybe it’s not said, maybe it’s just our mantra here at Fashion Mocha but it’s a good one. Now, as a woman, your nails speak volumes about you. They are part of a silent resume that you hand out, each time you interact with someone. There are three general types of woman: the homemaker, the career woman and the newest breed of woman – a hybrid of both. Each class of woman has a different lifestyle and as such, requires a manicure that suits her lifestyle and complements her routine. Below are some tips on getting a manicure that will outlast your routine, whatever it may be.
For the homemaker.
A homemaker has a full time job with cleaning, maintaining her home and feeding the inhabitants of said home. In this new age, there are less and less women devoting their time to being full time homemakers, but there is still a small minority. As your duties as homemaker involve using your hands a lot, a beautiful, yet practical manicure is more suited to your lifestyle. By practical, we are referring of course to the length of the nails, they must complement rather than interfere with your lifestyle. There is nothing as heart wrenching as getting a fabulous mani with a few inches of length, only to have it snap off on the oven door. It burns (pun, I had to). French manicures are very versatile manicures, they can translate from day to night and brunch to bar effortlessly. If you’re the homemaker who barely has time to even comb her own hair, let alone get to a nail salon, never fear. Follow the link below to give yourself your very own fabulous manicure, free of charge but with all the trimmings (pun two, I’m on a roll):
Note: Always keep your manicure about 1/4 of a centimetre long to allow for beauty and practicality, do not cut nails all the way down to the flesh.
For the career woman.
You busy, busy bee you. From meetings to appointments to presentations to dealing with obnoxious bosses, your schedule is bursting at the seams. You daily routine probably involves doling out a fair share of handshakes per day – “Pleased to meet you.”, “Great doing business.”, “We’ll be in touch.”; spending a lot of time answering phonecalls – “Yes, hello…?”, “Honey is there a problem?” “Yes sir, the proposal has already been faxed to head office.”; and responding to a whackload of emails (phew!). As a result of all this hand action (*snigger* I’m sorry); your nails are constantly on display and as such, must be impeccably kept. Nothing is as off-putting as chipped nail polish and career wear, not a good look. However, in addition to being tethered to a phone and shaking far too many hands per day, you also do a fair amount of typing and writing; therefore, nails must be short enough to accommodate this. Going 1/2 to 3/4 of a centimetre long, is usually a good call. Colours should reflect/complement the mood of your workplace – that means don’t wear bright red, bedazzled nails in a law firm (no honey, that’s bad); as well as blend effortlessly with any outfit you pick. Try colours in jewel tones or gold, they work with almost everything and every skin colour.
Note: Please avoid the overdone trend of painting one fingernail a different colour, it’s not very professional and you’re not 12.
For the hybrid woman.
Woah there Ms. Incredible, look at you go! Working that 9-5, Monday to Friday and somehow finding time to make breakfast, pack lunches and get home in time to whip up a pot roast? How are you still standing! The world salutes your valour. A good majority of women fall into this category, working full time jobs and somehow managing to keep the kids fed. If you fall into this category, time is something you do NOT have, especially for a manicure right? Not at all love. Time is something we all have to make for ourselves. A manicure takes less than an hour, find the time. You, more than any of the aforementioned categories, need the quiet time of a manicure so schedule one. Pick any time that works for you on a Saturday morning, make it manicure time and make it a bi-weekly routine. We promise the house will not burn down if you take off for an hour, (scout’s honour!) Lengthwise, you should maintain about 1/4 to 1/2 of a centimetre; that way you can cook, type but still have a manicure that looks great. Colour wise, choose neutral tones such as beige and peach. They’re easy to wear and can take your manicure from boardroom to kitchen effortlessly.
All manicures regardless of length should be maintained to make them last as long as possible. Apply a topcoat to seal and avoid chipping; also file, buff and clean underneath fingernails regularly. Whether you are giving yourself the manicure or getting it done by professionals, make it a regular routine, and in no time it will no longer be an obligation but an intricate part of your fabulous lifestyle. Now go forth, and don’t come back till you’ve nailed it! (Come now, you MUST have seen that one coming) Cheerio!