Do your own nails. I LOVE getting my nails done, but it does adds up and sometimes (never actually) there is no time.
Here's a great article on taking care of your nails from Woman's Day
Always split or peel Blame it on your lifestyle or aging (or both!).
Washing your hands a lot, applying nail polish remover often or using hand sanitizer with alcohol daily can zap moisture; it also happens naturally as you age.
“Gently rub cream over your nails and cuticles each day to keep nails hydrated,” says Dr. Daniel. Also, switch to an alcohol-free hand sanitizer. Try Herbalife Hand Sanitizer ($5.50; Herbalife.com) to help prevent nails from drying out.
Are stained yellow
Some causes: smoking (from the nicotine); fade creams with hydroquinone (which helps lighten the appearance of dark age spots); constantly wearing nail polish without a base coat (which can discolor the nail plate).
Visit SmokeFree.gov for tips on quitting smoking. If you use a hydroquinone cream, Dr. Daniel suggests wearing gloves to apply it. Always use a base coat before adding color and let nails breathe for at least a day between manicures.
Contain vertical ridges
There’s no scientific reason for the ridges that run from your cuticle to nail tip, says Dr. Daniel. What we do know, however, is that the ridges deepen with age, especially after 40, and they usually don’t indicate health issues.
Keep nails hydrated and fill in deep ridges. We love Essie’s Fill The Gap Ridge Smoothing Base Coat, which helps polish go on smoothly. ($10; EssieShop.com)
Have a beau’s line (a u-shaped horizontal ridge across the nail)
It may appear after you’ve been ill, taken certain drugs (as in chemotherapy), or had a baby or major surgery. These traumas to your body can cause hormonal changes that affect the growth of the nail plate.
As you recover, it will grow out or disappear. But to help cuticles and nails get back to normal, Dr. Daniel recommends applying a moisture-rich cream before bedtime; cover your hands with cotton gloves or socks.
My favorite nail polish would have to be Jessica because years ago that's what Toni used to use on my nails and they always looked great.
Here's the steps of doing your own manicure right from Jessica Nail's website RIGHT HERE
I really love this French Manicure
Here's some tips on doing your own French Manicure