Keep your cuticles soft by applying cuticle oil to them. After it soaks in, use polish remover to take off the excess.
Don't use your nails as tools--dial the phone with a pencil; use your knuckle to flip light switches; open soda cans with a spoon.
Why not, go nude! Instead of putting on polish, buff your nails to an au natural shine.
Create your own nail colors. Use a clean, empty nail polish bottle and start mixing your least favorite, unused shades!
No time for a manicure? Run a white nail pencil under the tips of your nails for a quickie French manicure effect.