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How To Make Your Nail Polish Last Longer

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The day we figure out how to make our regular nail polish last as long as the gel polish will be cause for celebration. But until that day comes we’ll take every tip and trick in the book to make our nail polish last longer.

Our hands go through a lot during the day (makeup application, typing on keyboards, washing dishes, and so on), and poor manicures don’t stand a chance.

Luckily there are little known tips that will help you make your nail polish last longer – besides just applying top coat every two days. Here are 15 tips for making your nail polish stand the test of time, or last at least for a week.

1. Always maintain shorter nails
When your nails are long, the tips are more exposed, which means that you tend to use them for all they’re worth (peeling off stickers, putting keys on key rings, etc.), putting them in harm’s way. Short nails are shorter than the tip of your finger, meaning that your finger, not the polish, will take the brunt of any activity that could initially create chips.

2. Use the best top coat
One basic thing that could make your nail polish last longer. is the top coat.However. It’s better to invest in the best top coat, if you don’t want your manicure to chip off easily. We recommend the O.P.I. Top Coat, which consistently keeps our polish chip-free for at least a week.

3. Wear gloves
Housework can do a number on your nails. The water and soap can dry out the manicure, making it less shiny and likely to chip.  so wear gloves while doing tough or wet jobs like washing dishes.

4. Allow for enough dry time
Smudges during dry time ruin all the hard work you just put in to your at home manicure. A good way to tell if your nails are dry is to make your pinky nails face each other, then gently touch them together. If you pull them apart and they feel slightly tacky, your nails still need time to try. If they don’t stick to each other at all, you’re good to go.

5. Polish the edges
If you’re applying a top coat without sealing the edge of your nail, that’s exactly where you’re going wrong. The edge of the nail takes the brunt of the polish beating, so make sure you’re protecting it with a good cover of clear polish.

6. Keep your nails healthy
Healthy nails hold polish longer. And, thus for that you need to keep your nails healthy by fixing your nail problems.Find a good ridge filler or nail strengthener depending on what you need to fix. A strengthening product can help repair nail damage and keep them from peeling or breaking. Our recommendation the O.P.I Natural Nail Strengthener.

7. Go for thinner strokes
Too thick nail polish tend to peel-off easily, making the life of your manicure incredibly shorter. Go for thinner strokes, applying just enough polish on your nails.

8. Wait between coats
If your polish isn’t completely dry before you add the next layer, it may peel off. Wait at least two minutes between each coat.

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

10. Avoid hand sanitizers
Choose a mild hand soap and water over hand sanitizer, because the alcohol in a hand sanitizer can dry out your nails and polish, making them dull and ready to chip.

11. Skip the soak
Soaking your nails in water at the nail salon (or at home) causes the nail to absorb water, expanding their natural shape. Once your nails are polished, the water evaporates and your nails contract, which causes the polish to chip and crack.

12. Roll the bottle
Shaking a bottle of polish infuses the color with air bubbles, which lead to chips. Mix the polish by holding it upright and rolling it in your hands instead.

13. Hydrate your nails often
Dried-out polish is more likely to peel off of your nails. Use nail oil like, The Body Shop Almond Nail & Cuticle Oil, at least once a day. Also use hand cream at least twice a day.

14. Embellish where needed
If you get a chip in a spot where it can’t be buffed away, cover it up with some nail art like a stick-on rhinestone or an ombre design.

15. Avoid cuticles
Keep the polish from touching your cuticles because colour applied there is more likely to peel away, than the polish applied directly to the nail.

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