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Katie Cazorla offers pointed nail advice

Katie Cazorl'Nail Files' TV Guide Network.

Katie Cazorla of "Nail Files" on TV Guide Network.

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Updated: October 29, 2012 6:18AM

Katie Cazorla is happy to get the claws out. It’s her job.

As the star of the TV Guide Network’s “Nail Files” (the finale airs Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.), she also owns The Painted Nail, a swanky Hollywood salon where celebs get a little extra polish.

Why are nails so important? “Your fingers are like tiny canvases. You can change them. You can paint them. You’re the artist,” she says.

“The best part is you’re not making a real commitment. If you don’t like it, just take it off,” she says.

“That’s so much better than hair dye,” says Cazorla who adds, “Paint your nails before you get a tattoo or wear crazy clothes that make you look like you’re 12 when you’re really 45.”

If you want all eyes on your nails just follow her tips:

◆ Find a Polish Color Your Love. “I love the new jewel tones and dark rubies. I love the sapphire colors and the chartreuses. Even the fluorescent nails have made their way into the fall.

◆ “You’ll also see a lot more nail art which is fantastic,” she says. “Just a few years ago, a French tip was the only option. Now, you can paint little scenes on each nail and they’re a conversation piece.”

If you want gorgeous nails, she also has these tips:

◆ Keep Your Hands Out of Your Mouth. It’s true that when stressed many still chew their nails or rip at their cuticles. “They end up looking like they stuck their fingers in the garbage disposal,” Cazorla cries. “If you play with your cuticles, get out a bottle of olive oil and rub it into your cuticles to get rid of the dryness and hangnails.”

◆ Stop Walking Around Barefoot. “I never walk around barefoot,” she says. “When I take my heels off, I put the flip flops on unless there’s a carpet. You don’t want to have dirty toenails.”

◆ Make Sure Your Salon of Choice Is Clean. “When you get a pedicure make sure they’re using clean, fresh water and not old water,” she advises. “Ask if they’re using a new scrubber. You can’t sanitize them. It must be a new scrubber each time or you’ll have someone else’s skin and bacteria on you. Even if it looks clean make sure to ask questions. Ask your technician, ‘When is the last time you sterilized the equipment?’”

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