are properly filed. First, you have to remove any trace of old polish on your nails. Applying a new slick of color on top of the old one will just make your nails look thicker. Trim your nails and file them so that they are of the same length and shape. It would be best to keep your nails short because the longer the nails, the more prone they are to chipping and breaking. Always apply nail polish on either side of the nail first and then towards the center to smooth out any thickness on the sides. Also, let the first coat completely dry before applying the second and third coats. People do not have patience to wait for their polish to dry, which results in smudged nail color which looks terrible. You could also, dip your nails in ice-cold water to ensure that the polish has set well and does not smudge. If you want to have a professional-looking nail polish, make sure that you don’t go overboard and apply four coats of colors. Nail polish removers and acetones have a very drying effect on the skin. After removing old polish, always massage a cream to keep the skin around the nails soft and smooth. Do not use nail products containing formaldehyde. Water, fresh fruits and vegetables, protein from meats and fish, and vitamins (multi and E, in particular) all stimulate nail growth. Eating gelatin helps your nails grow strong and healthy. Remember that “Beauty is a reflection of your inner health.” (Continued from page 26) Are You Assertive?