6 Ways to a Chip Free Manicure

Tired of this happening just hours after you’ve polished your nails?

chipped polish

Before you throw in the orange stick, here are a few simple tricks to keep the frustration at bay:

  1.  Wash your hands to remove excess oil.  File your nails and push back the cuticles.
  2.  Wipe the nail plate with a lint free wipe (a small piece of gauze will do) soaked in  nail polish remover. This will remove final traces of oil, as well as any filing dust.                                                         nail wipe
  3. Thinly apply a good quality base coat to all ten nails. When it is dry to the touch, apply two coats of colour.                                                                                                                                                                    nail-base-coat
  4. Allow each coat to dry thoroughly. Nail polish dries by evaporation, so if the layers are too thick or not completely dry between coats, you will have weak, soggy spots that could chip.                                                                         drying_nails-656x411
  5. Apply the topcoat, then seal the tip of the nail by dragging the brush across the free edge.
    The Polished Perfectionist

    Photo Credit: The Polished Perfectionist


  6. Apply a fresh topcoat every second day to protect the colour coats from the wear and tear of day-to-day life.

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