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Your guide to perfectly healthy nails

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Before we do nail art, it is important that we have healthy nails. Follow these tips:

  1. Use a nail polish remover that is gentle on your nails. Beware of cheap removers because these are heavily loaded with chemicals and toxins that cause your nails to dry and crisp. Opt for ones that are natural and are not harmful to your body.
  2. Look for a cuticle remover that is gentle and has moisturiser. Not only will it soften the cuticle for a smooth push, it will also hydrate your nails with the moisture it needs. Try ELES Cuticle Remover
  3. If you have thin and weak nails that easily break, look for a repair oil that strengthens the nails. Old folks recommend applying garlic and I hate to admit that I tried this when I was younger. It’s effective but you don’t want to turn off anyone who comes close because of the strong scent like you just stepped out of the kitchen, right? Why put up with the bad smell when you can use ELES Nail Repair instead?
  4. Do you have pesky, dry skin around your nails? This is especially rampant during the colder months and now that we’re stepping out of our caves, get rid of the dry skin fast and easy with nourishing oil for the nails. The ELES Nail Nourish is especially formulated to hydrate and revitalise dry and ageing skin. Try it!
  5. Get rid of yellow nails by applying a base coat before applying your favourite enamel. Just like the primer is to your skin, the base coat is a protective layer that makes sure the polish lasts long and the colour adheres well, while protecting your nails and preventing yellowing with its UV absorbers. Our pick: ELES Base Enamel
  6. Shape your nails. Choose any shape – round, oval or square. If you have wide nails, avoid square and if you have short fingers, avoid round shape. Regardless of shape, you should file the sides perfectly straight. Having too wide or too narrow tip could break your nails easily. Smooth the edges with a sponge buffer.

It’s easier to do nail art when you have healthy nails. Do these tips and you’re ready for your first nail art session. Do you have additional tips to share?

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The ELES Sunset on the Pier from the Brighton collection as seen in that’s life! magazine’s “A Work of Art” feature

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Life is too short to wear boring nail polish

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Nail art has been there even before we knew it existed, tracing back to the ancient times when both men and women used berries to colour their face and nails, and put on tattoo for special occasions. Now that we have shades a plenty, would we stop with just one plain colour? Spell b-o-r-i-n-g.

Here are FOUR easy ways you can make your nails look extra dolled up:

  • Accent nail – Do you ever wonder why some women have one designer nail on each hand? An accent nail spices up your regular manicure and showcases your creativity without going over the top since you are painting just one nail on each hand. For the younger girls, they pick any fingernail to paint on but for me, the ring finger is special because old folks believe that the “ringie‘ on our left hand has a vein that runs directly to the heart.
  • Glitters – who doesn’t love a bit of shimmer? When I feel like there’s something missing and I need some sunshine in my life, I get my bottle of Hundreds and Thousands and just swipe away. It’ll give you sunny days!
  • Patterns – the easiest way to make a statement is by making patterned nails. You can do stripes or polka dots or if you’re feeling extra bubbly and would like to pull off a Martha Stewart kind of nail sesh, try doing a Chevron pattern with pastel combinations. Try Peach Melba and Pistachio Dream or  Brighton Lime Sorbet and Peppermint Cream.
  • Special Designs – With the right tools, you can make your own designs like a pro! Celebrate special events by designing your nails according to the colours of that celebration. You can make hearts for weddings, candy canes for Christmas, clovers for St Patrick’s, and Aussie flag for National Day.Check out our Aussie nail art as featured on FAMOUS mag…

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The ELES Royal Red Pavilion as seen in Famous magazine’s “Aussies Who NAIL It” feature on local nail polish brands

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The ELES Strawberry Cheesecake Nail Polish in OK! Magazine

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The ELES Strawberry Cheesecake Nail Polish was featured in OK! Magazine‘s “Hot Frock” get the look page!

Beauty Queen/Model Jennifer Hawkins loves wearing white dress with bold embellishments. Fresh from the red carpet, OK! magazine recreates her look and the ELES Strawberry Cheesecake makes it on the list! This pastel “pretty in pink” shade is versatile and is safe to wear with any colour of dress. It looks clean, young and fresh.

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NEW to the ELES Store: French Manicure/Pedicure Pack

As much as we love trendy colours, glitter and crazy patterns, there’s no denying that French is the most timelessly chic and accessible manicure of them all. No matter what the occasion or what else you’re wearing, the french is a perfect fit every time.

To make this sophisticated look even easier to achieve, we’ve packaged up everything you need  to get the look in our special new French Manicure/Pedicure Pack. It includes;
– Nail Nourish to protect and hydrate skin, nails and cuticles
– Base Enamel is the ultimate primer for nail application and can be used as a top coat
– French White to create your white tips
– French Nude for the base of your nail

Follow this easy step-by-step guide to a French polish…
1. Remove any old nail polish with a cotton ball or pad saturated with nail polish remover.
2. File your nails to your desired shape and buff to remove any discoloration and to smooth the nail surface and wash and dry your hands to remove any residual oils from the skin and nails.
4. Apply a Base Enamel to the entire nail bed and allow to dry.
5. For French tip, paint one steady stroke of French White across the top of the nail. For best results keep the brush still and roll your nail instead. Remove any excess and fix mistakes with a Q-tip dipped in polish remover and allow to dry completely.
6. Apply a fine and even layer of the French Nude over the entire nail to soften the effect and give a more natural look.  Allow to dry and apply a second coat.
7. Use the Base Enamel or a Rapid Dry Finish Top Coat for extra shine and added protection.
8. Once the nail polish is completely dry apply a few drops of Nail Nourish around the cuticles.  This will help set the polish, hydrate and protect your nails and encourage healthy growth. Apply daily to maintain your mani.

Get your ELES French Manicure/Pedicure Pack Here