First, no matter how much you decorate or paint or gloss your nails, you have to make sure you keep the actual nails healthy. This means including calcium and minerals in your diet. Drink plenty of milk, eat cheese, yogurt, and lots of fruits and vegetables. This will keep your nails hard, glossy, and pink. Otherwise you will endure brittle nails that easily break and nothing ruins a perfect hand more than unshapely, cracked, witch like nails. Protein and calcium will ensure that your nails stay healthy and beautiful even when left natural.
Then, you want to protect the area around your nails. Your cuticles ar the protectors of your nails and you can soften them using various hand creams and even olive oil. Soaking your fingers into a cup of olive oil for 15 minutes or so will help soften all of your skin and make it fresh and young looking. Applying hand creams is also a great way of keeping your cuticles and your hands soft. In fact, keeping your hands smooth and soft adds to the look of lovely nails, so using hand scrubs with beads that have fast micro action will help strip away dead skin cells and keep the skin closest your nails and all around your hand looking fresh, smooth, and beautiful.