Getting a beautiful manicure is not the easiest process, so it is only natural that you want to make it last longer. The secret is that there are many little ways you can help elongate your manicure that all work together to optimize your success. So, if you want beautiful and lasting polished nails, here are some easy, yet effective methods to try.
Wash Your Hands First
Before any paint goes on, wash your hands before applying the base coat. This ensures all the oils and any build-up have been removed from your nail beds. Leaving oil and build-up in your nail beds can hinder your polish from sticking correctly.
Do Not Soak Hands
Contrary to your nail salon’s practices, do not soak your hands in water beforehand, either. This will cause your nails to retain water and expand. If you paint on enlarged nails, when they finally shrink back down, your nails will appear to have already grown out.
Always Use a Base Coat
Applying a base coat is essential for preventing your nails from chipping or breaking. For extra security, apply two coats to the tip of your nails for further protection.
Roll Nail Polish
Are you prone to shaking your nail polish bottle before use? Next time try rolling it in the palm of your hands to avoid air bubbles from forming. Bubbles can make your polish chip faster.
Watch Out for Your Cuticles
Make sure not to get any nail polish on your cuticles when you are applying it. This can cause the paint to lift from the nail and increases the probability of chipping. One way you can avoid this is by pushing your cuticles back before putting on the paint.
Dry with Cool Air
Drying your nails with cool air will help prevent air bubbles, which, as mentioned before, can cause premature chipping. If you are not sure how to do this, use your hairdryer on the cold setting, or try dipping your fingers in ice water for 1-2 minutes and then let them air dry.
Use a Clear Top Coat
Don’t forget to use a clear topcoat to protect your polish from the elements. The best practice is to reapply it every two or three days to enhance shine and extend the manicure duration.