• It can be beyond annoying when your nail polish begins to chip soon after you get a manicure done. There is nothing more unsightly than messed up nail polish!

    An untidy manicure that can make your entire hands look messy. Additionally, you pay so much money for a manicure that it can be very disappointing if your nails look messy soon after you get them done.

    Fortunately, there are certain tips and tricks that you can follow to make your manicure last longer.

    Moisturizing your cuticles is important if you want your manicure to last

    1. Opt For Shorter Nails

    While it can be tempting to want to keep your nails as long as possible, this might not always be the best idea. The longer your nails, the more likely they are to chip, or break off, if exposed to even a little bit of force.

    This is especially the case if your nails aren’t too sturdy and are prone to breakage. A suitable length to go for, and one that looks fashionable as well, is one that extends just beyond the tip of your finger.

    2. File Your Nails Carefully

    While filing your nails can be very important in maintaining healthy nails, make sure that you file I only one direction.

    Filing to and fro can lead to the tips of your nails becoming weak. This can in turn cause nail peeling and shredding.

    3. Prepare Your Nails before the Manicure

    Whether you visit a salon for the manicure, or whether you decide to give yourself a manicure at home, your nails need to be prepared before you can begin the pedicure.

    For example, if you have ridges on your nails, you should use a buffer to make the ridges go away so that your nail has a smooth surface. The smoother the surface of your nail, the more likelihood of the nail polish staying on for longer.

    Make sure that you don’t buff too harshly though because this can only exacerbate the problem. Remember, your nails needed to be treated gently at all times.

    Another important step to take to prepare your nails for the manicure, is to use alcohol to clean your nails.

    Alcohol can successfully remove any residue and dirt from your nails such as cream, lotion or oil.  Remember, you should never begin a manicure until your nails are entirely clean.

    4. Don’t Dip Your Hands in Water

    Standard procedure for a pedicure involves dipping your hands in a bowl of warm water before the manicure begins.

    The purpose of this step is to make your cuticles soft. This isn’t a good idea however.

    When you dip your hands in warm water, your nail beds may expand and then contract once again as you remove your hands from the water.

    As a result of this, the nail polish that you apply finds it more difficult to stay on your nails.

    A useful alternative to dipping your hands in water can be using a cuticle softener. A cuticle softener can fulfill the same purpose without ruining the chance of the nail polish staying on your nails.

    So the next time you visit a salon for a manicure, be sure to ask them to use a cuticle softener instead of dipping your hands in warm water.

    5. Moisturize Your Nails Every Night

    A good habit to inculcate in your nighttime beauty regime is to moisturize your nails each night before you sleep.

    If your nails don’t get enough moisture, they are more likely to split and break. Similarly, if your cuticles don’t get enough moisture, you are likely to have a whole bunch of dead skin hanging around them.

    The best way to keep your nail beds and cuticles hydrated is by applying cuticle oil to your cuticles each night before you sleep.

    Cuticle oil is easily available at any cosmetic store or pharmacy.

    6. Don’t Skip the Base Coat

    Oftentimes, salons might just skip on the base coat when applying your nail polish. Make sure that any salon you opt for, does not do this because the base coat allows your nail polish to last longer, without getting chipped.

    7. Don’t Apply Too Many Coats of Polish

    Too many coats of nail polish is never a good idea. The more coats you apply, the more likely your nail polish will get ruined soon after your manicure.

    Thick layers of nail polish can often create undesirable bubbles or air pockets and will leave your manicure in ruins, within just a short time period.

    8. Apply Top Coat Regularly

    Another easy tactic you can sure to make your manicure last at least 7 days, is applying top coat on your manicured nails at least four times a week.

    The top coat plays a major role in preventing your nail polish from chipping away or becoming untidy.

    Maintain the manicure by putting a new topcoat on the entire nail every other day. In a way, the top coat functions as a seal, locking in your nail color, and preventing anything external from ruining it.

    Even with all of these precautions, if your nail color manages to chip away, you can carefully remove the existing nail paint and reapply.

    Remember to use both the base coat and the top coat though.

    If you follow these 8 simple tips on how to make your manicure last longer, you may never have to worry about a ruined manicure (or chipped nails) again!

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