The Secret To A Long Lasting Manicure- Tips on How To Make Your Nail Polish Last Longer
Wouldn’t it be awesome if our manicures could last longer? Might as well get the most out of the work you put into your nails, right? Well, if that’s something you’d want then do read on! In this article, we’ll be sharing some of our best tips on how to make your nail polish last longer! ?
Tip 1: Make Sure Your Nails Are Clean Before You Start The Manicure
Now this might seem like common sense, but it’s actually pre-tty important. Remember, you always want to start a manicure off with a clean, oil-free nail surface- so hold off on that hand lotion! Another thing is, if you’ve just finished removing a previous manicure (presumably with a cotton pad), make sure there are no lint pieces stuck on your nail. We want our nails to be smooth, clean yet oil-free before we start! You can even wipe your nail off with a little bit of acetone solution to completely dry them before the manicure.
Tip 2: Keep Your Coats of Polish Thin
When applying polish onto your nails, it’s always a good habit to keep the layers thin (yes, including the base and top layers). Not only will the coats of polish dry faster (which is great in itself), but they will also be less likely to peel off. So instead of one thick coat, aim for 2-3 thin ones!
Tip 3: Wrap the Underside of Your Nails With a Base Coat
Instead of just capping your tips with a base coat, you want to wrap the underside of your nails with the product. By doing so, you’re essentially creating a seal that will help to prevent water from being absorbed inwards from that area. Water in the nail area is never a good thing as it causes the bond between the polish and the nail to loosen- definitely not something that we’d want!
Tip 4: Keep Your Cuticles Polish-Free When Painting Your Nails
One glob too big and the polish always goes straight onto the cuticles! While this can be inevitable sometimes when painting your nails (I’m sure we’ve all been there), remember to clean it up! Or if you can, try to leave a tiny gap between the cuticle area- this will also help to prevent pooling on the cuticles.
⚠️Note: Having too much polish on the cuticles can cause it to lift and peel off prematurely from your nail!
Tip 5: Use a High Quality Top Coat to Seal The Color
Always, always apply a top coat after you’re done painting your nails! They play such a big role in helping to protect your polish color. The way top coats work is that they are formulated to harden as they dry- this helps to protect your polish from chipping, scratches and peeling. However, keep in mind that it may take a little bit of trial and error before you find the brand of top coat that works best for your nails. As far as top coat recommendations go, Orly Bonder and Seche Vite (#1 seller in Amazon, anyone?) are both popular choices amongst Lacqueristas.
Tip 6: Maintain Your Polish With Regular Touch-Ups
Unfortunately top coats too get worn down with our every day activities, and with the protective layer gone, the inevitable truth is that- your nails will be a lot more susceptible to chipping and peeling. The remedy to that? Give your nails a bit of a touch up every few days with a new layer of Top Coat- this will help to reseal the polish color. It’ll also revitalize the gloss and shine too! ?
Tip 7: Don’t Shake Your Bottle Of Nail Polish!
Air bubbles are way more likely to form when bottles of nail polish are shaken. Air bubbles are no good- they’re unsightly and can even cause uneven applications of the polish (remember we want thin, even layers)! So instead of shaking the bottle for an even mix, just roll it in your hands! It requires less effort anyways and you’ll be less likely to encounter bubbles on your nails!
Tip 8: Lightly Buff Your Nails Prior to a Manicure
Never underestimate the importance of nail buffing! Most of us have natural ridges in our nails, which is cool and all, but when nail polish goes on said uneven surfaces they are a lot more likely to peel and chip. This can be fixed simply by buffing your nails prior to a manicure- easy!