Maintain Your Manicure and Make It Last! February 22 2012
The sunny weather today has put me in a blogging mood so I thought I'd write a quick little post! I've been having such a finger fetish lately (probably attributed to seeing so many pretty nail designs on Pinterest.) After putting so much time into doing lovely nail art, it's such a pity to only have it chip away after couple days. So I thought I'd write a little post on how to maintain your manicure and make it last! With these little tips, I'm usually able to keep my nails chip free for up to a week.
- First of all start off with a good base coat. I find this makes a huge difference for me, it helps the polish last longer, and a good base coat is protective of the nail as well. This should help with chipping by not allowing water or oils to get between the polish and your natural nail. I use the Sephora by OP Nail Strengthener and I find it keeps my nails stay strong and helps prevent bending (I have soft nails) so chips don't happen as easily.
- I find the quality of your nail polish plays a factor into chipping as well. As old nail polishes become thick and goopy, they just don't seem to adhere as well or have as much flexibility with impacted from typing or daily activities.
- When applying your polish, sweep a bit across the edge and under the nail tip. This "wraps" the end, minimizing the chances of chipping from the tips.
- Apply on a daily application of a top coat is the number one way to make your keep your nails chip free. It creates a protective layer for your nails. I start off initially with 2 coats of my favorite top coat Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat, and follow up with a daily application. I can't tell you how much I LOVE this top coat. It creates a beautiful high gloss shine and drying time is literally 2 minutes. Just a warning, it is a little on the thick side, but I've learned to like the consistency because it creates a solid barrier of protection from chips!
- Lastly, wear gloves for washing dishes, gardening or any kind of house work! This prevents water and dirt from getting under your nails and wearing away at your top coat. Also, try not to scrub your hair with your nails while you're washing it. Use your soft padded area of your finger tips (this is also better for your hair and scalp!)