Hi all! Recently I had someone as for a post on how I keep my nails in good shape. Honestly, I'm no expert with nail care and I don't have the greatest natural nails. However, this seems to be working alright for me and maybe it will help you too (:
I use cotton pads to remove polish rather than cotton balls. I find that cotton balls leave a lot of fluff around that I don't notice until I put more polish on :P
I then wipe off most of the excess cuticle remover with a tissue but make sure that the area is still coated lightly. Then I use stainless steel cuticle nippers and carefully trim any excess. Be really careful about this! I've nicked my cuticles a couple times doing this :P
Once I'm done I wash my hands with warm water and soap.
If my nails are really long I might cut off a bit with a nail clipper first and then file.
When that's all done I wash my hands again in warm water and soap.
And that's basically it! I hope this was helpful to you (: