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How To Make Your Nail Polish Last Longer

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How To Make Your Nail Polish Last Longer

Filing

Alternating directions weakens the nail, making it more prone to breakage. It doesn’t matter which direction, but make sure you’re filing each nail either to the right or the left, never back and forth.

Prep

It’s all about the prep to make your nail polish look better. First, cleanse your nails using a cotton pad and nail varnish remover to eliminate excess dirt and natural oils from the nail bed. When filing, keep your nails on the shorter side if you want to give your mani some longevity.

Base

Want to make your manicure really last? Consider using a rubberised basecoat. These clever formulas help polish adhere better to nails for a lasting finish.

No Soaking

Manicurists often do this to soften cuticles, but soaking your fingers can cause delicate nails to retain water, meaning they expand. Once painted, your nails will then shrink. Avoid soaking them at home and if in the salon, ask your manicurist to use cuticle oil instead.

Pick Gel-based Polish

Gel-based nail polishes have more staying power than regular products, and many beauty brands now offer their own at-home gel polishes. We love Nails Inc’s Gel Effect polishes, which are infused with charcoal to protect the nails. They can also be removed with regular polish.

Apply 2 Thin Coats

When painting nails at home. If your polish has been sitting for a while, roll the bottle between your hands to mix the formula. Remember to apply two thin coats only – anything more will cause peeling – and be sure to cap off each nail’s edge to avoid chipping.

A Good Top Coat

A good top coat is the secret weapon for long wear and shine. And to make your nail polish look better. Apply a fresh coat every other day to keep your colour fresh-from-the-salon shiny. Alternatively, add a gel-like, glossy finish to any varnish with Chanel’s Le Gel Top Coat, £20.

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6 Comments

  1. I must show this to my wife – Also, I read somewhere from a beauty pro that you only do nails with 3 strokes, finishing with the centre one, so you do left, right middle…

  2. This was an interesting article for me to read because no matter how hard I try, I always manage to chip my polish less than one day after applying it!

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