There's nothing worse than spending a pretty penny on a manicure or spending a solid hour lacquer in hand, only to find it chipped and peeling after a few days' time. Unfortunately Nail Polish doesn't last forever, like any other nail enhancements that we know, but it is a cruel twist of fate for a perfect mani to be so fleeting, right?
Here's good news, according to some nail experts, there are some easy nail care tips to help make your nail polish last longer. These simple tips and tricks will give your pretty mani some staying power!
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1. Avoid picking or biting your nails
It's pretty obvious, but the more you chomp at your polish, the less likely it'll stay. If you are a regular nail-biter or cuticle picker, it is usually difficult to stop the habit. To avoid this, try to do things like breathwork or going for a coffee walk with your dog, which can be helpful for some, while others may need to find other ways to keep their hands busy like doing house chores, doing your nails at home or exercise!
2. Always buff your nails after filing
After clipping and shaping your nails, please ladies - don't skip the buffer. If you saw at the nail with a harsh emery board, you can make tiny micro-frays along with the nail—you may not be able to see the splits, but trust that when those rough edges start to peel, your polish will go along with it, and of course, we don’t want that.
That said, once you buff along the free fringe of the nail, it truly helps lock the keratin layers which will have split during filing.
3. Use a chip-resisting top coat
Top coats do far more than deliver a patent-leather finish. Invest in a good, chip-resistant lacquer-like Double Dips Glossy Top Coat. It'll keep your mani last up to 2-3 weeks!
Better yet, you would perhaps want to touch up the highest coat after a couple of days—the polish can start to wear off after a while, which leaves the pigment susceptible to chips and dings. This is a crucial hack for maintaining your nails intact in between manicures.
4. Avoid soaking
A professional said that when your nails are drenched in water, especially for a long period of time, they extend.
The soak method can distort and widen the nail's shape, and when you apply polish over the nail, it dries. This might cause your polish to chip prematurely. While an honest soak can help soften the coarser skin on your feet, it isn't totally essential for the more delicate skin on your fingertips.
That said, you'll be wanting to avoid soaking your fingertips after the mani, too with warm baths, washing dishes, and therefore the like. Not only can the water cause your nails to extend and tighten, which can lift the pigment, but it can also make them frangible and parched over time.
5. Please avoid getting the polish on your cuticles
We know that It's easier said than done, but please do your best to apply your nail polish inside the lines. A stray swipe of polish won't seem be-all and end-all, but you do not want the lacquer to sink into your cuticles. See, the nail polish on your skin will come off faster than the paint on your nails; if your polish is locked between your skin and nail when the paint ultimately lifts off your cuticles, the polish on your nail will chip along with it. Learning an error-free mani is, you know, pretty difficult. It really takes a lot of practice and patience.
Try this fail-safe tip for a smudge-free manicure hack: So before applying your base coat, outline the perimeter of your nails with an oily balm, particularly working it into those cuticles. The jelly substance acts as a barrier between your skin and therefore the nail, so if you smudge a touch polish into your cuticles while you paint, it'll wipe off afterward with ease.
6. Make sure to push your cuticles back
When polish sticks to your cuticles, it is easy to peel and ruin your manicure. To avoid that, pushing them back carefully using a wooden stick or cuticle pusher can help create ample space on the nail plate. Always make sure you clean any residue oil from the cuticle serum after you're done cleaning up your cuticles, then wash your hands or use a polish remover to clean the nail plate.
7. Let your polish fully set
While polish usually takes around seven to 10 minutes to dry, you don't want to be flailing your digits right after stowing the mani kit. You may think your nails have fully dried, but as soon as you dig into your bag or put on your makeup, you're met with smudged fingertips - and that’s horrible! So ladies, take your time to let your polish fully set to keep it from denting during the wait time.
8. Drying with cool air is always a great idea
You may lean on a dryer to help speed the dry time, be it a fan or a hairdryer. If you prefer the latter, make sure to keep the setting cool! Because we know heat causes the polish to bubble, it makes it easier for it to chip down the line. Plus, cold air honestly works faster, and it won't dry out the surrounding skin. Heat can obviously dry out your cuticle area, which you spent a lot of time nourishing during a manicure, so take note of that!
9. Lastly, always use nourishing and conditioning polishes!
When your nails are frail and brittle, your polish will chip easier. After all, how may a lacquer get to stay nails that regularly break and split?
Products that impart nourishing, moisturizing ingredients have a bit more staying power—that goes for pigments, top coats, and base coats.
Tips: Avoid these drying chemicals - formaldehyde, camphor, toluene, and others.
An expert said that the most important essential liquid to achieve a chip-free and long-lasting manicure is your base coat because that is what is touching your nail and seeping into the skin. So if you are going to take a position in one top-quality polish, perhaps it should be your base. Check out Double Dip’s Base coat - if you want to achieve long-lasting and beautiful nails!
If you’re having a hard time making your mani last longer, we hope that these easy tips and tricks help. Although you would possibly not want to go away with an equivalent shade on for quite three weeks, regardless of how flawless it's going to be, the bottom coat might fade, and the pigment might start to discolor your nails. So if your nail polish manicure starts to peel after a period of time, take it as a sign that your nails may need a break!