These expert-approved tips will give you an amazing manicure that lasts
There’s no denying that getting your nails done can be a relaxing, spa-like experience that makes you feel perfectly pampered. But when you find that your polish has already started chipping within days or even hours of giving yourself a manicure or leaving the nail salon, it’s frustrating, to say the least. If you’ve ever had this experience (and, honestly, who hasn’t?), you’re probably wondering how to make your nail polish last longer. We’ve got some good news: there are some steps you can take to get the long-lasting nails of your dreams!
We’re not guessing here, either. We asked nail experts for their tried-and-true secrets so your nails will look like you just stepped out of a salon for weeks after your appointment. While some of it definitely has to do with the products you’re using – or not using, like cuticle oils, which can strengthen nails, making them less brittle and prone to chipping – there’s more to it than that. Here’s what you need to know to make sure your manicure stays in tip-top shape for as long as possible.
Why nail polish doesn’t always last
It’s hard to know how to make your nail polish last longer when you don’t know what’s causing it to chip or flake. Our experts say there are several reasons, depending on the type of polish you’re using – for instance, whether it’s regular lacquer or gel polish. “With regular lacquer, a polish may chip because it was placed on too thick, maybe causing it to chip as soon as it completely dried,” explains manicurist, Syreeta Aaron. “[Or there could be] constant rubbing on the polish, which causes it to wear thin, and then you begin to see through the polish.” A gel manicure, on the other hand, might chip if a person’s nail bumps against something, she notes, but other than that, it will stay put – unless the application wasn’t done properly.
What many people may not realise is that prepping your nails is essential if you want your nail polish to last. If your nail isn’t properly cleansed prior to applying polish, says manicurist, Brittany Boyce, there might still be an oil residue on the nail that prevents the polish from adhering correctly. And if you’re doing your nails at home, you should never skip the pre- and post-steps, which include applying a base and top coat. “Aside from one-step nail polishes that specifically say no base coats or top coats are needed, you need to use a base coat to help the nail polish adhere to your nail better,” Boyce explains. “Then you need a top coat to seal it in.” And that’s just the beginning. Follow these expert-approved tips and you’ll end up with an amazing manicure that lasts. You’re welcome!
Step 1: Cut and file nails properly
It’s important to cut and file your nails to make sure that the edges aren’t jagged or uneven. Keeping them short can also be effective in helping your nail polish last longer, notes celebrity manicurist, Jessica Tong. The longer your nails, the more susceptible they are to breakage during your day-to-day activities, especially if you’re someone who does a lot of work around your home, like doing laundry or washing dishes.