Common Nail Mistakes Women Make

Common nail mistakes women makeI think you’ll agree with me that freshly manicured hands are really attractive. In fact, I recently treated myself to a professional manicure as part of my pursuit to have a proper ‘me time’ at least once a month.

When I left the salon and looked at my freshly done nails, I’ve realised how neglectful I was towards them in the past few weeks. Oops…. That fact actually inspired me to do today’s post and talk about common nail mistakes women make.

Sporting chipped nail polish for days

I think there’s nothing more ugly than chipped nail polish. It’s actually my biggest pet peeve.

Skipping base coat

I’ve made a mistake of not wearing base coat under darker nail polish in the past. I learnt my lesson after being left with stained nails. The stains faded away after a few days but it wasn’t a pretty sight.

Using a metal nail file

Although metal nail files are available in pretty much every manicure set, you shouldn’t use them. They are more abrasive than emery boards or glass files and can cause nails to split.

Common nail mistakes women makeCutting cuticles 

Cuticles protect the base of the nail from bacteria and fungus. You should NEVER cut them. If you want to neaten your cuticles, you should apply cuticle oil and push them back with an orange stick.

Biting your nails

People bite their nails for many reasons. Although it’s often a method of stress relief, we can’t deny that it’s a nasty habit.

Picking your nails

We often pick at nail polish when it starts to chip. While it may sounds like a ‘cheap’ nail polish remover method, it’s actually very damaging to nails. When stripping off nail polish, you tear off the top layer of your nail.

Using nails as tools

I’m guilty of using my nails as tools to open cans, scrape stickers etc. This is a bad habit that puts stress on your nails and causes them to break.

Are you guilty of these mistakes? 

  • Denise

    I love having my nails done at a manicurist, but I know how to do that, too. I like when they are nice and without “spare skin”, from anyrhing, like sometimes being rough because of doing some dishes or winter. I really don’t like when women just pain their nails from the middle to the end, no edges and having some skin that is not well trimmed around. I lived in a country, once, where women have the best manicurists in the world, and i got this new habit from then on 🙂 Hope you have a lovely weekend!

  • This is why gel nail polish is the way to go. These are great tips. I didn’t know that you shouldn’t cut your cuticles.

  • Laura

    I hate chipped nail polish too, its so ugly

    Pink Frenzy

  • Haha you have literally listed all of my pet peeves! I hate chipped polish, my hair gets stuck in it and that’s the worst feeling ever! I agree about cuticles too, which is why I always opt for “shape and polish” routine, rather than manicure. This way no one touches mine lol

  • Amy-Anne Williams

    Ohmygod I didn’t know that about cutting cuticles. I went with my aunt to a salon before where they legit pulled the whole cuticle out of each finger… I know to never go there now haha.

    Little Moon Elephant

  • I am guilty of picking nail polish and biting my nails, but I would never cut my cuticles or use my nails to open cans as I fear that would break them.

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  • Love this amazing post, love your blog as well, truly inspiring, thank you for sharing, cannot wait for the next exiting post!!!


  • I am the absolute worst with my nails so this is awesome advice. Haha I will try my best 🙂

    M xx |

  • Rosanna Briguglio

    Some great advice here, thank you!
    Have a lovely weekend 🙂
    Rosanna x

  • I don’t cut my cuticles. I didn’t know I’m doing the right thing haha! My nails are pretty weak though. I didn’t know about the base coat. Thank you! – KANDICE

  • Thanks for these helpful tips! I definitely need to remember not to use my nails as tools too haha. Great post!

    Looks by Lau

  • Great tips! It’s a good thing I always have my nails professionally done, I am however guilty of using my nails to pick things up.

    xo | Cindy Elena

  • I love helpful posts like this one, will definitely be remembering some of these tips. Thanks girl!


  • Great tips I had my cuticles cut once and they went funny so probably got infected! Eww. Have a great day!

    Gemma x

  • Mes Voyages à Paris

    Such a great tips!! Thanks for sharing!
    Mónica Sors

  • Unfortunately, cutting cuticles is routine in the Philippines. Great tips though!

  • I didn’t know about the metal nail file! Wow. I also can’t skip base coat, it’s essential.
    The Fancy Cats

  • Diana Ashuayem

    Totally agree. I’m guilty of skipping base coat.

  • I agree with everything on this list!

    Effortlessly Sophisticated

  • I totally agree with you my dear! Hands and nails are essential in a person. Kisses from Italy and thank you for your visit,

    Eniwhere Fashion
    5 reasons for a blazer

  • Courtney Hardy

    Those are really great tips. I always rock the chipped nail polish, that’s a really bad habit I have that I have to get rid of.

  • great tips! I always just go to the nail salon cuz I can’t handle my own nails, but this makes me want to try it out again! lol

  • Thanks for sharing these great tips =)

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

  • Vanessa

    I love these nail polish colors! These are such great nail tips!


  • I usually use a metal nail file, so this is news to me! I don’t often have painted nails. I should try to do that more.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • This was such a fun post to read, i decided years ago to keep my nails short years ago to not have any of these problems. But yeah guilty to use nails as a tool.