Let your digits be seen. We hear it from the professionals on the how-tos of the latest trends.

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It’s 2020 so all eyes are on your nails. While you make style and health resolutions, it’s the year to step out of your comfort zone when it comes to your tips. There are some artful ideas straight from the runway much like the bold and colourful backstage looks. Tons of bright colours and patterns were spotted. Now, if you don’t have the time to head to your nearest nail bar or If you prefer to go au naturel, all’s good as you can have fun with pressons. Dashing Diva has got you covered when you need that quick mani fix. Press-ons and stick-ons give you the chance to change them as your heart desires and did we mention that it’s time-friendly! Here, we also get insider input on what Dashing Diva is all about from Jace Tan, Chief Executive Officer of Asian Beauty Corner, and how you can make press-ons work for you. (P.S. You can still go the traditional route with regular nail colour, go wild!)

"Bold and bright inspo seen backstage at Jeremy Scott S/S 2020"
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"Ciate London Gelology Paint Pot, $26"

Do you see these one-minute nails taking over the nails industry?

One-minute nails complement the nail industry by providing instant and convenient nail art for women who are always on the go.

Any tips for first-timers trying out press-ons and how to make gel strips last longer?

Push back cuticles and buff your nails so they have a smooth and clean surface. Make sure to wipe nails with alcohol-prep pads thoroughly and avoid contact with water for at least one hour after application.

If I make the decision to keep the press-ons longer than expected but would like to change the design, can I paint over them?

Definitely! As with any other press-on tips, you may paint or add nail jewelry on top as you please. However, bear in mind that the Magic Press does not stay on longer than seven days.

What is the most important step to healthy cuticles and nails?

Apply cuticle oil regularly to prevent dryness and cracking. Manicures and pedicures also help to maintain healthy nails.

Find Dashing Diva press-ons at
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Jessica Phenomenon Oil, $26.50 

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"Dashing Diva Magic Gel Strip Mani, $16.90"


If you’re doing an at-home mani, keep these in mind.

1 APPLY BASE COAT ON THE TIPS To prevent nails from chipping, try this: Paint your base coat focusing on the top half of your nail and over the entire nail with a second coat.

2 USE EYELINER AS A NAIL ART TOOL Bye tweezers! Use the tip of a pencil eyeliner or lip liner to place tiny nail art accessories like rhinestones on your nails instead.

3 USE WHITE NAIL POLISH AS BASE COAT To get the paint’s true color, start with a coat of white nail polish first, then go over it with the coloured polish of your choice.

4 SOAK WET NAILS IN ICE After you’ve finished painting your nails, prepare a bowl filled with ice and water, and soak them for a few minutes. Cold water will help your nails set faster. Alternatively, stick-ons will do just the job, real quick!