I LOVE getting a fresh manicure. Or even doing it myself – I just love when my nails are perfectly shaped and freshly polished. It makes me feel put together. Going to go get your nails done weekly, every other week, or even monthly can add up to quite an expense. Since I’m a fanatic about mine looking the best all the time – I like my manicures to last as long as they can and I have found a few things that help keep your polish chipping and budget down:
- remove all jagged/snagged edges with a buffer or file. I know this seems pretty obvious but you’d be surprised how many people skip this and go right into polishing!
- thoroughly dehydrate the nail with some rubbing alcohol before a base coat goes on. I have hyperhidrosis (which means I suffer from sweaty-palm-syndrome frequently) and thus, I have a harder time keeping nail polish from chipping and peeling off since my nail beds don’t stay as dry as most people.
- use a ph balancer. I use OPI’s bondaid under my base coat every time I polish my nails. It evens out the ph balance of your nail and dries up any excess oil and hydrates areas where your nail is too dry. It ensures your nail beds are evenly hydrated from cuticles to edges.
- use THIN coats of polish. This can sometimes be my biggest problem because I love to layer on thick coats of polish because it just makes it look more “done” and shiny. Do not do this! Your polish will take forever to dry – trust me.
- roll your bottle between your palms. When I was in cosmetology school, we were taught to never shake a polish bottle. Air can get trapped inside the bottle and your polish may not go on evenly OR worse, have air bubbles trapped in your layers of polish and it can’t be undone or fixed without removing the polish and starting over.
- after your base coat, two coats of color, and then your top coat – seal the edges of your nails. Take your top coat brush with a tiny bit of clear polish on the tip and swipe one time across the front edge of your nail.
- once or twice a week use a cuticle oil around the base of your nail beds.
*my favorite polishes are OPI, Essie, and CND*