It’s time to start the campaign to banish the boring beige nails of the last decade and kick this one off with new colors and new trends. The first step is taking care of them in the winter. Let’s nail this new year with some tips, tricks, and ways to get your manicure looking fresh and fabulous because winter is no time to stop taking care of your nails. 

Before picking up a polish, prep your nails by protecting them from the cold temperatures and dry weather that can cause dullness, chipping, peeling, and breaking. Your nails need moisture to thrive. Keep hand lotions tucked in purses and bags, desk drawers, and on the countertops of your sinks within your home. When you apply the lotion don’t forget to rub it into your nails. A moisturizer that is non-scented and contains a lactic acid is best. Olive oil or lip balm can help prevent dry cuticles before they can peel or split. Wear gloves when you go outside to keep dryness at bay. Stay away from nail polish remover with acetone and hand sanitizers that are alcohol-based as they dry your nails out too. 

Once your nails are healthy, it’s time to explore the nail trends of 2020.

Annihilate the dreariness of winter and paint your nails with the hottest shades this season. First up, is classic blue, also known as the Pantone Color of the Year. This gorgeous blue hue is the new neutral. Think of it as the denim neutral for your nails. Pick your powder blue polish or go dark with navy. Use five shades of various blues to give yourself a gradient color manicure, which is another trend for the year. 

If blue isn’t your ideal then find your favorite in metallics colors, muted and creamy pastel shades, sheer crystal polishes, or give yourself some space.  Negative space that is. That’s another up and comer for the year. Choose French tips or a nail design that allows for negative space with bare spots showing through the color of your choice. It is a great way to give your nail beds a break. 

Be a shapeshifter and change up your tips. The shaping style for this year is long and square. It really brings out the nail design or color that you are using. When it comes to shorter nails the almond shape is still going strong. 

Winter is a tough time for nails. We tend to overlook them after the holiday season too. You can keep your nails strong, healthy, and on-trend with these small changes.