Note that even though a water soak is often considered an integral part of a professional job, Edwards—who is a brand ambassador for the beauty company Kiss Products, Inc.—suggests skipping it. “Water makes nails swell,” she explains. In her experience, “the plumping effect makes the immediate finished product look great, but as your nails dry the polish shrinks, causing lifting and chips.” (If you’re set on a powered foot spa, we like the MaxKare Foot Spa Massager (14 rollers). But for most people a bathtub or bucket full of warm water works just as well.)
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