Many of us blame our quickly chipping manicure to bad nail polish formulas, but could the problem be the way we’re applying it?
From the way we shake our nail varnish bottles to the activities we do after applying, there are plenty of things standing in our way of a long-lasting manicure.
Below we look at what you can do to avoid this and make your manicure last longer.
Make sure your nails are clean and dry
This may sound obvious, but any left over oils from hand and nail products can stop your nail varnish from sticking. Make sure you clean and dry hands thoroughly before starting your manicure.
Don’t shake the bottle
There are small silver ‘mixing balls’ in nail varnish bottles that activate the product’s formula. To get these working, roll the bottle between the palms of your hands. If you shake it, you’re more likely to get air bubbles when you apply it.
Apply in a four-step process
Start with your base coat, then follow up with a layer of colour, then another layer of colour and finally a top coat. Ensure you let each layer dry before adding the next to ensure the polish has stuck to the nail.
Apply in thin layers
If you apply your varnish in thick layers, it won’t be able to dry to the nail properly, making it more likely to chip. Instead, apply in thin layers.
Seal the tip
The tips of our nails are usually the first place varnishing starts chipping. To avoid this, seal the tip. After applying colour to the entire nail bed, paint some polish horizontally across the top edge. This seals the polish, making it less likely to chip.
Avoid showering straight after
Hot water can make your nail beds expand, making the nail polish you’ve just applied move with it. This results in cracks and can make your polish chip when the nail beds return to normal size. The same can happen if you shower just before painting your nails too.