There is nothing that irritates us more than getting a manicure done only to have it chipped a few hours later. How many times has this happened to you? Look no further ladies, we’ve got some tips and tricks for getting your nail varnish to commit to a long lasting relationship with you!
1. Clean Nails
Clean nails are essential to start a successful manicure. This means you also have to make sure that they are completely dry before applying the nail polish as the polish won’t adhere to wet nails.
2. Avoid Oils
Just like water, oils and lotions are no good for nails. If you use any sort of cuticle oil or even moisturizer, your nails will be coated in oil making it harder to apply a coat of polish that stays all day.
3. Apply a base coat
Every mani needs a good start. A good base coat preps your nails for polish, smoothing out any ridges and imperfections, just like a primer would on your face. Applying a base coat will ensure that your polish stays on longer. The best base coat I’ve ever tried is Butter Nail Foundation, this base coat does exactly what base coat should. It provides a nude perfect base for applying your nail polish. It makes your nails smoother so your nail polish application is much better. I find that my nail polish doesn’t tend to chip when I use it. Seriously worth the splurge
4. Don’t Shake
Sorry Taylor Swift, but if we are talking about nail polish then the best solution is to roll rather than shake the bottle. Shaking it creates air bubbles, which will prevent you from applying the polish smoothly.
5. Thin Layers
Avoid applying thick layers of colour. It is much better to apply 2-3 thin layers than one gloopy thick one, which would easily smudge. Between drying your polish, you know that you’ve got a build up of product that’s tough and won’t start flaking all over the place.
6. Apply A Top Coat
A strong top coat will help your manicure last longer and will help you in your fight against chipped nails. Don’t underestimate the power of a super top coat, some can even help to strengthen your nails and stop them from breaking. I love the cult favorite Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat. It can be applied onto a wet layer of color and seals the nail within a minute. Perfect for when you’re in a rush! It also gives a glossy, high shine finish and a professional look to the nail.
7. Let it dry!
Don’t be impatient and make sure that each layer has enough time to perfectly dry. Try to do something fun (and hands-free) while you wait so the temptation to start using your hands is less!
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