Tips for Making Your Manicure Last
Everyone loves the look of freshly painted nails, but sometimes life has other plans for your new manicure. With these helpful tips, you can keep your manicure looking glamorous longer.
Bring Your Own Bottle
If you're going to a salon, bring your own polish. It's fun to browse all of the different colors, but salons may use a thinner to make the bottles of polishes stay on the shelf longer. Thinner polish chips more easily, and you probably won't have the color at home to fix it.
Disguise New Nail Growth
Gel polishes are the latest nail trend. Some can last for so long that new nail growth starts to show at your nail bed. Cover up the new growth with a touch of glitter topcoat. Another option is to paint an ombre effect to cover the new nail growth and extend the wear of your manicure.
Avoid Textured Surfaces For 12 Hours
If your polish hasn't had time to cure, textured pieces like clothing, baby booties or sheets could leave an imprinted texture on your nail. It usually takes about 12 hours before the paint has completely hardened so try to avoid getting your hands tangled up in anything for the day.
Keep A Cotton Swab On Hand
If you nick the paint before it has cured, use a small cotton swab dabbed in polish remover to wipe away the nicked area. Add a light coating of polish to the exposed area and allow it to set. Just painting over it won't fill in the nick and will only make it more obvious.
Don't apply any heat to your nails until the polish has cured. Avoid hot dishwater and don't blow on your nails because your breath is hot. If you want to speed the drying process, you can dip your nails in cold water for a minute or two or use your hair dryer on the cool setting.
Nail Prep At Home
When painting your nails, make sure to clean your nails with an appropriate alcohol-based primer. This removes lotion, oil and other impurities, helping polish stick better.
Painting Your Own Nails
Always paint over the cut edge of your nail with the base coat, the two layers of color, and a thick gel topcoat. This will create a seal and prevent water getting in between your nail and paint, helping prevent chipping.
Give It Extra Shine
To keep your nails looking like you just stepped out of the salon, run a fresh layer of topcoat over your nails every other day. This will help to protect your manicure and keep it looking shiny. Painting your nails or getting a manicure is a fun way to express yourself. Look for nail design inspiration from fashion trends, holiday books and more to keep your manicure looking fresh and fabulous.