There is no better mood-lifter than a fresh, glossy manicure! And nothing’s more disappointing than when you notice the first chip. Making your manicure last perfectly for a week or more is possible by following ten simple rules. This is going to be a long post, so let me get straight to the tips:
Keep your nails short:
Who doesn’t love gorgeous, long nails? But for most of us, maintaining them just isn’t practical. The tips of long nails are significantly more exposed to the many surfaces that your fingers brush against everyday. No matter how good your nail paint is, at the end of the day, it’s just that: paint. And all the brushing and rubbing and scratching will cause it to chip. But keeping your nails shorter will reduce the chances of this happening.
Prep your nails before polishing:
If you have ridges on your nails, buff them to make the surface smoother and use a ridge filling base coat. However, I don’t recommend buffing too often as this will make your nails thinner and prone to breakage.
It’s important to dehydrate the nails before a manicure. Even if you did not have any nail polish from a previous manicure, clean your nails with nail polish remover or acetone before polishing them. You can also use vinegar if you have dry nails as it’s not as harsh. This will take care of any residual water or oil from lotions and creams you may have used, thus removing barriers between the polish and your nails. It’s simple. The cleaner you nails are before polishing, the longer your manicure will last.
Invest in a good base coat and top coat:
Do I even need to mention this? Base coat acts like glue and helps your polish adhere to your nails. And topcoat adds a seal of protection that prevents (or rather delays) chipping. I use a two-in-one product from China Glaze called ‘First & Last’. I usually change my manicure every three or four days (Okay, that’s a lie. I change it almost everyday unless I’m doing a wear-test for a review). But if you want your manicure to last for a week or more, it’s recommended that you use a separate base and top coat as they both have different purposes which a two-in-one product may compromise on.
Reapplying your topcoat every other day will not only make your manicure last longer, but it will also keep it looking fresh and glossy. You need not apply a thick layer every time. A thin layer is enough to give your manicure a new life.
Use sanitizer carefully:
A sanitizer is something that can be found in any woman’s handbag nowadays. But using it too often can ruin your manicure. The alcohol in it eats away your polish, making the colour dull, and increasing chipping and tip wear. While using sanitizer, make sure to avoid the nails as much as possible. Use alcohol-free lotions and hand-wash for the same reason.
Invest in high-quality nail lacquers:
This is the most obvious way to ensure the longevity of your manicure. High-quality nail lacquers are more likely to last longer than drugstore nail polishes.
Paint your nails in a cool area:
Cold weather is the best time to get a manicure. Lower temperatures help each layer of the polish set properly. Heat makes polish soft, thick and goopy. So it’s also good to store it in a cool corner of your house or even your fridge. Unfortunately, I would need a new fridge if I decided to store all my nail polishes in one.
Seal the edges:
Nail polish never chips from the middle of your nails, does it? It chips from the sides and edges. Paint the edges of your nails too, in a way that even the lower side your nails is painted for a millimetre at the tip. Just a quick, light swipe of polish is enough. This is one tip that I never fail to follow as it makes a huge difference to the longevity of your manicure.
Don’t wash your hands with hot water:
Nail polish takes almost half a day to fully dry and harden, though you may not notice this as it dries enough to resist smudges. Exposure to heat messes with the curing process of your lacquer. Avoid washing your nails with warm or hot water the day you get your manicure.
Protect with Gloves:
Put on a pair of rubber gloves whenever your hands are to be exposed to water, for example, while cleaning the bathroom or doing the dishes. For added protection, coat your nails and fingertips with petroleum jelly before you wear the gloves. As it is an oil-based product, it will protect your nails from the water, thus preventing chips.
Hope you find the tips useful for making your mani last for a week or even longer!
Do you have more tips to make your manicure last longer?
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