Like eyelash extensions and hair dyes, nail polishes don’t stay permanently on your nails. You’d sit through a mani-pedi session for a good hour only to see the colors on your nails start to chip a few days later. And if you can’t work the chipped nail polish look unlike those girls oozing coolness and swag, you end up removing your nail polish once it begins to chip.
I’m pretty sure that I’m not the only girl who wishes that my mani-pedi would last for weeks, so here’s a list of steps to follow to make your polish stay longer than usual on your nails.
1. Wash your hands thoroughly. Nail polish chips easily when there are dirt on your nails.
2. Prep with nail polish remover. Rub nail polish remover on your nails even when your nails are bare. This way, you can remove excess oil on your nails and dirt that make nail polish chipping faster.
3. File and buff well. Make sure that your nails are smooth and free of bumps so that the polish will lay flat and even on your nails.
1. Apply base coat. It’s already a known rule that before you apply colored polish, you should apply base coat first to prevent yellowing of nails, and nail polish sticks faster when there’s base coat. Rubberized base coat is best if you want your polish to last for weeks.
2. The thinner, the better. Avoid laying your nail polish thick because this can bring about air bubbles in your polish, which causes your polish to take a while to dry and also chip easily. Invest in quality nail polish. You wouldn’t have to go through the hassle of putting so many coats with good nail polishes because their colors pop easily.
Tip: To get your neon polish right with only one to two coats, use white polish as your base. The white base will bring out the color of your neon polish, and lets you achieve bright nails without having to put so many layers of polish on your nails.
3. Finish with top coat. Top coat works better if applied on wet nail polish because it seeps through the polish, allowing it to blend well with the color.
4. Clean up. Remove the excess nail polish around your nails. Your nails obviously look nicer when they’re clean and color is applied well, and this also prevents your polish from peeling.
1. Let it dry. Sit back, relax, and be patient; you’ve already gone through all the steps to keep your nails pretty. Give it about 15 to 20 minutes to be dry, but you might want to avoid going hands on with your tasks for an hour or two while the polish is still in the process of hardening.
Tip: If you’re in a hurry, get a bowl of cold water and dip your nails in it for 3 to 5 minutes.
2. Maintain with top coat. Swipe a thin layer of top coat on your nails every other day to protect your polish and make it last longer than usual.