Nails and nail art have definitely grown to almost be an industry all on their own. If you scroll through your social media news feed, you’re likely to see quite a few posts from beauty bloggers and influencers showing off some pretty impeccable nails. If you’re like us, it’s left you with some major hand/nail envy. But we knew it had to be achievable for us all to be able to get show stopping hands and nails so we did a bit of searching to find out what tips and tricks the ladies posting these pictures are using to get their show-stopping looks.

Exfoliate Your Hands
We’re always talking about how important it is to exfoliate your skin, while we’re usually talking about the skin on your face it’s just as important to make sure that you’re exfoliating your hands as well. Our hands tend to get pretty beat up since we use them all day, so taking care of our hands by using a hand exfoliating product is going to help keep them smoothing and looking great.

Of course, we can’t forget to mention how important it is to make sure that you’re moisturizing your hands. Just like with exfoliating, we don’t often think of moisturizing our hands quite as much as we should. To get really great results, make sure you apply a great moisturizer to your hands after you exfoliate. But don’t just moisturize then! Moisturizing your hands will also help lock in the moisture and keep them looking soft and feeling smooth to give you those gorgeous hands the ‘hand models’ on social media look like they have.

Choose a Shape
There are so many different nail shapes that are popular right now, much like fashion the trends are pretty various with nails right now. When choosing a nail shape, it’s important to choose a shape that’s comfortable for you and your daily life. If you tend to use your hands a lot on the computer, a super long shape might not be the best option for you. Do some searching and get some inspiration to choose a shape you really like, that fits in with your lifestyle, and you resonate with for your personal style. Trust us, there are so many different nail shape options…your options are limitless.

Get inspired
Just like there are a ton of different nail shapes, the nail colors and artistic possibilities are….endless! Seriously, if you take a look online you’re sure to find a ton of different nail colors and art ideas. When really creating that showstopper nail look it’s all about getting some inspiration. The good news is, you can always change the color or art if/when you’re ready for something different. But that also means you can have a lot of fun with choosing options that are totally unique and different to give you a show-stopping look. Do some searching and look for some inspiration, start saving some images of looks you really like to bring into your manicurist the next time you’re there and see what they’re able to recreate or pull inspiration from based on those.