/> The Juicy Beauty Word: How to make your nail polish last longer

Monday, November 3, 2014

How to make your nail polish last longer

chipped polish
Regular nail polish can chip so easily sometimes. You spend time and money on your manicure only to have it to start chipping in a few days. Gel polish stays on beautifully without chipping but taking it off is a hassle and the acetone soak off can be dehydrating and damaging to your nails. Proper nail prep, proper polish application and quality products will improve nail polish wear and reduce polish chipping. Then, you must take care of your nails.

Go Professional
You can get a professional manicure. Nail technicians have all kinds of techniques and products to increase nail polish durability. If you want to DIY, here are some tips to help your polish wear better.

Squeaky Clean 
Be sure your nails are dry, clean and free of any oils before polish application. Wipe them with acetone and a lint free wipe.

Make it Sticky
Start with an adhesive base coat. An adhesive base coat has a sticky finish. It anchors the polish to your nails. I like Zoya Anchor.
Shop for Zoya Anchor and Armor

Apply two or three thin coats of nail color. Cover the edge on the tip of the nail.

Apply a long wearing top coat such as Zoya Armor. Cover the edge on the tip of the nail.

Double up
Apply a second top coat. This time a fast dryer. Seche Vite is my very favorite. Cover the edge on the tip of the nail.
Shop for Seche Vite

Now it's care time!

Use tools
Do not use your nails as tools. Use a key to open a soda, not your nail.  Use an orangewood stick to scratch off a price tag. not your nail. Use pencils to open a window screen, not your nails. Etc. You get the idea, right?

Keep them dry
Keep your hands out of water as much as possible. Nails absorb water and become more flexible. Nail polish does not absorb water. Wet nails will bend. The polish will not bend resulting in chipping. Wear waterproof gloves when cleaning or doing dishes.

You can also use cleaning tools with handles on them like this nifty one for doing dishes.
Get dish washing tools with handles

scrubber with handle
Add Extra Protection 
Add more clear polish. You can add a thin coat everyday or every other day. Use the Seche Vite. It dries so incredibly fast!

These tips help my clients keep their nails shiny and chip free from week to week. Hope they help you too:)

        Have a Beautiful Day! 
Licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Makeup Artist

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