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    The 3 biggest nail mistakes you’re making. Easy fixes here!

    Text: Michelle Brownlee Smith; Photography: IMAXtree

    The 3 biggest nail mistakes you’re making. Easy fixes here!Cape Town Beauty Bar nail technician Belinda Mbali has seen it all. Working with nails of all shapes and sizes, these are the mistakes she sees you making (and simple solutions to fix them). 

    1 Not sterilising your tools

    “If you share nail clippers, orange sticks or any nail tools, you could spread bacteria and cause infection,” says Belinda. “Simply spritz your tools when you’re finished with them, with cleansing spritz or some Savlon.”

    Related: 7 Game-changing nail secrets only manicurists know

    2 Cutting your nails incorrectly

    “Actually don’t cut them at all,” she suggests. “A nail clipper can cause your nails to separate. Instead, file your nails down with a coarse file.”

    Related: 5 Steps to a chip-free mani

    3 Forgetting a base coat

    “You’ll see a yellow stain on your nails after removing your nail polish. To sort out the stain, buff it with a fine-grain buffer,” she adds. 

    Related: 5 Tips for a long-lasting mani

    Situated in the heart of the city, Cape Town Beauty Bar (021 202 9500) offers a range of beauty treatments from hair styling, to nail services and tanning solutions.

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