Nail Dictionary

I know that there are a lot of words in the nail-community that isn’t known or understood by those of us that are new to the phenomenon. I therefore decided to make a dictionary with the words i pick up and explaining them. Some of these words may be quite obvious, but it’s nice to have them all! If you have any words and definitions to share, just make a comment, and i’ll put it in with a credit to you ofcourse!

A

B
Base Coat – A polish that you use before putting on regular nailpolish. This has several purposes, and they depend on the brand and the kind of basecoat. Some of these purposes can be to even out the nailplate (fill ridges and so on), to keep from staining the nails and to make the nailpolish stay on longer and better.

C
Cuticle – The skin that surrounds the nail. This has a tendency to creep onto the nail, so needs to be pushed back.
Cutilcle Oil – To hydrate the cuticles, and is normally used in nailsalons after polish or acrylics/gel.

D

E

F
French Maniqure – where the main part of the nail is one colour, but the tip is another colour! The most normal version here is a light pink (natural, but even) colour on the nail and white on the tip.

G

H
Hangnail – When the skin around the nail has become dry and a piece of skin is hanging loose.

I

J

K

L

M

N
Nail Bed – The skin that the nail itself rests on! This skin is quite sensitive, and it hurts if you break or bite a nail too far down.
Nail plate – The “technical” name of the nail.

O

P

Q

R

S

T
Top Coat – A clear polish to be used on top of normal polish to make the polish stay on longer and to add shine.

U

V

W

X

Y

Z

2 Responses to “Nail Dictionary”

  1. Tina Rakvåg March 20, 2010 at 10:10 pm #

    spennende side:)

  2. Glockoma June 27, 2010 at 6:51 pm #

    This is going to be a great resource, especially since you’re going to keep adding to it. Thanks for making this effort! 🙂

    I know that those who are just getting started in the nail-polish world may be confused about the various types of finishes (e.g. duochrome, flakie, foil, jelly, etc.) I think you’d be a tremendous help if you added them to your dictionary.

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