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The common manicure in most countries is a cosmetic beauty treatment mostly used for the fingernails and hands; it is either performed at home or in a nail salon. A manicure is not only a good treatment for the natural nails that grow from your fingers but also for your hands. Manicures consists of an assortment of things such as filing, shaping of the free edge, treatments, massage of your hands and the action of applying polish. There are also manicure services as well that are specialties for your hands and feet. For your hands, there is a lot of soaking involved in a softening substance and the application of a lotion is a common part of the work done when getting a manicure. When you apply manicures to your toenails and or feet, the treatment is referred to as a pedicure. The word “manicure” derives from Latin: manus for “hand,” cura for “care.”There are other nail treatments that may include the application of artificial nails usually placed on the tips, acrylics or artificial nail gels. Some will include the use of jewels and designs on the nail itself to decorate it. In some areas, there are manicurists who are licensed and follow regulation because of the law. Since your skin is being manipulated and is sometimes trimmed off the edges, there are a few risks involved in spreading infection when their tools are used across a lot of different people and, therefore, sanitation is a serious issue because you never know who might have something that is contagious. Manicures have been around for 5000 years. In some Arab countries, a lot of henna was used for manicure. There is a term called mehendi, used exclusively for henna, and with henna being an Arabic word, that means it derives from the Sanskrit mehandika. Empress Dowager Cixi was also known to keep very long nails that are naturally grown. There are french manicures designed to resemble what natural nails look like, and they are characterized by having a natural pink base nails with added white tips. The tips of the nails that are being manicured are painted white while the all the rest of the nails are polished in a pink or a suitable nude shade. French manicures may have originated in the eighteenth-century Paris and were vastly popular in the 1920s and 1930s.


A very daring manicure has become as much of a statement as having the best shoes this year. Everyone is being a little outrageous without being over the top, so that’s why we are zeroing in on New York Fashion Week’s hottest spring 2011 nail trends. While there are nude shades that held court at many of the fashion shows, including Marc by Marc, Catherine Malandrino, and Thakoon, we spotted four eye-catching trends that really nailed it.


No.1 Moon Manicures These moon manicures made for a very retro feel: Butter London has kept the vibe was refined with a natural nude base color while model’s at Ruffian sported nails with very rounded, black French tip and monogram, matching the 1940s French Foreign Legion-themed collection.

2. Metallics & Gold Foil a flash of metal has been restyled with an updated, gritty twist for spring 2011: CND manicurists have layered an iridescent top coat over the dark gray at Phillip Lim, the nails at Gottex also got the CND treatment, with a mix of a little bit of Silver Chrome, Putty and Ice Blue Shimmer, while the distressed, gold nails at Cushnie et Ochs topped off the collection’s earthy, fairy vibe. Dashing Diva’s Patty Yankee used gold foil to achieve the look, but a deliberately chipped gold polish does the trick too.


3. Pop Art Graphic All the Free spirited designers, naturally, got away with nail polish pattern play this spring: Butter London’s Nonie Crème used a lot of bright pastels (the pink shade that launches this spring) and true a bold blue that matched the eclectic, girlie vibe at Betsey Johnson. The bold makeup at ZSpoke required some just as adventurous nails—and OPI heeded the call of the wild with a colorful cheetah pattern—while Minx kept the party going at Alice + Olivia with a bright polka-dot nail.

4. A Study In Neutrals—Neutral nails has maintained the au natural springy like feel, but we have to say these styles took it to the next level: Tracy Reese gave us a sneak peak at Sally Hansen’s Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips in Wicked Bamboo, due out in 2011. Dashing Diva’s Patti Yankee whipped up a gorgeous, pointed black and white French Chevron nail for Jose Duran, and at Prabal Gurung, nails were a gorgeous pale beige intersected by a thin, coral line.

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