Q&A Monday

Good morning and Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. This week, I got some great questions from some Tweens, all about nails. So that is the theme of this Q&A Monday. Read on about keeping nail polish from chipping, how to curb your bad habit of biting, and polishing your opposite hand.

Dear Brooke, I love to polish my nails and do nail art, but my nail polish never seems to stay on for long. It always chips within a day and all my hard work starts to disappear. How can I keep the polish from chipping so easily? Ashley F.

Dear Ashley, I know how frustrating it is to have your polish chip when you put so much work into it. You want to make sure you are using the right products to make sure your polish stays put. Try starting with a nail polish primer, I like Chip Skip by OPI. You apply it before you apply anything else on your nails. Then use a clear base coat, let that dry, and apply your polish. Once that is dry, apply a top coat and you will be set! But remember, if your hands are always in water, or you are rough on them frequently, chances are your nails will chip and polish will start to wear off. These tips will definitely help the polish stay on longer, but normal wear and tear will break down the polish. Have fun, and send me some pictures of your nail art!

Dear Brooke, I am 12 and I bite my nails all the time. My parents keep telling me to stop, but I can’t seem to stop. I have tried that bitter stuff you put on your nails, but it doesn’t work. Do you have any suggestions for me? Olivia S.

Dear Olivia, Bad habits are hard to break, aren’t they? I used to be a nail biter, and it was so hard to stop. I tried that bitter stuff you are talking about, and I just got used to the taste of it! Gross, I know! The best thing to stop yourself from biting your nails is to start taking pride in how they look. Get yourself a manicure kit, and give yourself a mini manicure to get them in shape. Start using cuticle cream at night before bed, and you will notice your nails looking healthier in no time. Also, keep them polished as much as you can. When you start moving your hand toward your mouth, you will see how pretty they look, and know how much work went into making them look nice, and you’ll be less inclined to start chomping. Hope that helps!

Dear Brooke, I’m frustrated with nail polish! I love trying new colors, and I want to start trying nail art, but how can I get used to painting the hand I write with, with my opposite hand? I hate always asking my mom, or my sister, for help. Can it be done? Katie M.

Dear Katie, Yes, this can be done. I have one very important word for you: Practice, Practice, Practice!!! It is very frustrating trying to do something left-handed if you’re right-handed, and vice versa. But, the only way you’re going to get better at it is to try. I know you probably want some secret tip to make it happen, but there is no secret. Just take your time on that opposite hand, be patient, and don’t sit down with frustration already on your brain. Tell yourself this is a fun project and you’re just going to keep getting better. And just know, if you mess up and get nail polish on your skin around your nail, it’s not a big deal. Just dip a cotton swab into polish remover and remove the color. Hang in there. With time I am sure you will be doing great!

Thanks for these fun questions ladies! Any other Tweens out there, please send me your questions! There is nothing too basic to answer about beauty. Email me your questions for Q&A Monday to brookeknowsbeauty@hotmail.com

You’ve Been Beautified!

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