Briefs: Are your feet ready?
Are your feet ready?
Sandal time is here. InStyle magazine offers tips for the perfect pedicure.
Shape up: Clip nails so they're slightly less than a quarter-inch long. Then, take a file and round the sides just a bit (don't use one labeled “coarse” because it can cause tears).
Be pushy: After a soak, dry feet and rub a drop of moisturizing oil on each nail. Then, gently nudge back skin along the perimeter using a metal cuticle pusher.
Rock on: Pick up a natural lava pumice stone to exfoliate heels and balls of feet. Then, massage a body scrub over skin to even out any roughness.
Butter up those soles: Save regular lotions for dry arms and legs— most are not moisturizing enough for the tough skin on your feet. Instead, slather on a thick cream with hydrating shea butter.
Making manicures last
Allure magazine educates on the top manicure wreckers.
Alcohol: Constantly applying hand sanitizers will erode the topcoat and make nails appear duller.
Drying shortcuts: Submerging a fresh manicure in cold water is not the way to go. Icy temperatures cause the nail edges to flare, creating tiny cracks in the polish.
Texting: Every tap of those tiny buttons is a tiny trauma to the nails.
Folding laundry: Avoid laundry while it's still fresh from the dryer. The heat softens the nail polish and fades its color.
Body or facial scrubs: Scrubs slough off the outer layer of your skin — and they do the same thing to your nail polish.
Find the perfect ankle-strap heels
Choose a style that complements your height, shape and more with these tips from People Style Watch. Consider:
Your height: Women with longer limbs can pull off wider ankle straps, while those with shorter legs look best in skinnier styles that sit low on the ankle.
Your leg shape: Narrow straps are more flattering for curvy calves, while wider looks are best on thinner legs.
Your shoe color: A hue that closely matches your skin tone blends in to lengthen — instead of visually break up — your legs.
How to have perfect hair
Lucky magazine offers rules for perfect hair color. As lead color educator at Bumble and Bumble, Clayton Lee not only spends her days giving her clients lustrous, multidimensional color, she teaches fellow colorists how to do it. Her tips:
The sun fades haircolor: Wear a hat or a scarf and use UV products so your color won't oxidize and get brassy.
Don't over-highlight: The purpose of highlights is to add dimension to your hair, so your face looks younger and brighter. But with too many highlights, everything is one color again.
Do deep treatments weekly (but no more): A weekly mask adds shine and moisture. But because of the high amount of protein in many treatments, you can overdo it and damage the hair.
Shampoo less: After coloring, wait 24 to 48 hours before washing to lock in color. And don't wash your hair every day. Use hair powder or wash hair by just using conditioner on the ends to freshen up instead.
Watch the bleach: Extreme bleached hair is trendy, but if someone's hair is really dark, they'll have underlying pigments of red and yellow that'll look brassy when they're bleached. Platinum just comes out better on light brunettes or blondes.
Take a cold shower: Rinse your hair with cold water at the end of your shower so your hair looks smoother and reflects the most light possible. It really works.
— Staff and wire reports
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