Nail polish can chip more quickly on dry nails, so for optimal results use a base coat and wait for it to fully dry before doing anything with your hands.
Roll your nail polish bottle between your hands instead of shaking it to mix the colors evenly, this method will also prevent air bubbles that could cause your manicure to chip quicker.
Use a base coat
Base coat is a clear nail polish designed to extend and enhance the life of nail color, while making your manicure appear more natural. It works by acting as a buffer between your nails and colored polish pigment, helping strengthen them while simultaneously protecting them. Some base coats even contain nutrients for better nail health!
Applying darker hues without first applying a base coat can stain your nails. Your natural oils prevent nail polish from adhering properly, so using one will protect your nails from staining while making it easier to switch up styles later on. Using one will protect them and make removing your polish quicker when needed.
If your hands shake while painting, placing them flat against the surface where you’re painting may help stabilize them. Also try applying nail polish in sections starting at one end of your nail and working your way towards its center.
Apply two coats of polish
Though it may seem counterintuitive in Chicago, applying two coats of polish is essential to creating a long-term manicure. Applying an additional coat ensures your nail color is fully opaque, creating an inky depth while helping prevent chips by sealing around its edges.
Make sure to shake your nail polish before each application and apply a thin coat over each of your nails. Use a cuticle pusher to push back cuticles for an uncluttered and polished appearance. Be aware of hot baths or showers as these could expand and crack the polish over time.
If you accidentally smudge your nail polish when it’s still wet, use the tip of your tongue to smooth away any smudges – it works better than cotton balls or fingertip– and is all-natural! Additionally, investing in multiple varieties of nail polish remover would provide additional options at your disposal.
Apply a top coat
Top coats provide your polish with one last layer of protection, helping it last longer and leaving it with a reflective shine that enhances drying times and prevents chipping. Apply a top coat every time you paint your nails for maximum effect!
When applying a top coat, try not to cover your cuticles. This practice, known as capping the free edge, is essential to maintaining long-lasting manicures. Push back your cuticles using either a nail file or small amount of petroleum jelly.
Before applying a long-lasting manicure, try wiping your nails with vinegar before painting to eliminate excess oil that could lead to lifting and peeling of regular polish instead of gel polish. This tip is particularly important if using regular nail polish.
Let your nails dry
Allowing your nails to dry completely between coats will help them set properly and prevent smudging. Quick-dry nail polish can speed up this process; alternatively you could try lubricating them with olive oil in order to speed up its drying time even more.
When painting your nails, apply thin coats of polish. Thick coats will take longer to dry and may leave a patchy effect; in addition, thicker layers tend to smudge more often than thinner ones.
If your hand trembles while painting nails, resting your elbow and forearm on the surface where you’re painting will keep it steady while helping polish stay put. Also consider capping off your free edge (the very tip of each nail) to seal in your manicure and prevent chipping; this tip is especially useful if using matte polishes.