First, no matter how much you decorate or paint or gloss your nails, you have to make sure you keep the actual nails healthy. This means including calcium and minerals in your diet. Drink plenty of milk, eat cheese, yogurt, and lots of fruits and vegetables. This will keep your nails hard, glossy, and pink. Otherwise you will endure brittle nails that easily break and nothing ruins a perfect hand more than unshapely, cracked, witch like nails. Protein and calcium will ensure that your nails stay healthy and beautiful even when left natural.
Then, you want to protect the area around your nails. Your cuticles are the protectors of your nails and you can soften them using various hand creams and even olive oil. Soaking your fingers into a cup of olive oil for 15 minutes or so will help soften all of your skin and make it fresh and young looking. Applying hand creams is also a great way of keeping your cuticles and your hands soft. In fact, keeping your hands smooth and soft adds to the look of lovely nails, so using hand scrubs with beads that have fast micro action will help strip away dead skin cells and keep the skin nearest your nails and all around your hand looking fresh, smooth, and beautiful.
Now that the basics are taken care of, you can begin decorating. Many people enjoy the natural French tipped manicured nails and toes. You can do this yourself at home with white nail polish and gloss top coat. Begin by cutting your nails all down to the same size and then filing them in either a straight across shape or a rounded shape. All your nails should be the same length and filed in the same manner. Jagged edges and uneven nails take away from the beauty. If you prefer long nails, allow them to all grow out and then file them to achieve a consistency. Nothing is more junky than mismatching length of nails.
Now, paint the tips of your nails white in the shape of your choice and then color the entire thing with a shiny top coat. All it to dry and then enjoy your fabulously French-tipped nails.
If you want colors, there are so many to choose from, you will be amazed and giddy. Bright red nails never go out of vogue, and painting your nails red is a good way to have ready nails that match with nearly every outfit. If you like the darker look, black or dark blue polish is also a nice look. Try to avoid white nails or neon colors like hot pink, high lighter yellow, or convict orange. These colors are tacky and do not appeal much to anyone.
Be aware that nail polish comes in a variety of textures. There are the matte shades that often come in pinks and corals, and then the more vibrant satin shades that express reds and purples. The glitter polishes are great for fun nights on the town.