Never have a bad nail day again with these 10 Steps for a Perfect, Long-Lasting Mani. We've got you, ladies.
Keeping your nails hydrated is a great way to ensure every manicure lives a long and happy life. We recommend applying cuticle oil every night, especially before a manicure, to allow the oil to fully moisturize your nails and the surrounding skin.
2. Get nude
Make sure you remove all traces of previously applied nail polish, especially if it’s a dark colour you’re removing – there’s nothing worse than spotting some left over colour once you’ve applied your new shade.
3. Soak it all away
Soak your fingertips in some warm water with some gentle face cleaner. Stay away from harsh detergents or soaps and keep it under three minutes to avoid over-soaking.
3. Ditch the excess
After soaking, VERY gently push excess cuticle back away from the nail with a cuticle-pushing tool. Don’t push it too far and do NOT clip, tear or rip into the cuticle. If necessary, simply nip off the free edge with a pair of metal cuticle clippers.
4. Prep for Polish
Apply a small amount of nail polish remover to your nail’s surface using a cotton swab or pad to remove any trace of oil left on your nails. Any moisture or oily residue will prevent your polish from adhering properly once applied.
6. All about that base
Don’t forget your base coat! Applying a base coat gives an even surface for your polish to adhere to, it will work against dark polishes staining your nail beds and most importantly, it extends the life of your manicure. Applying a good quality base coat can help protect your manis from chips for up to a week. And who wouldn’t want that?
7. Roll, don't shake
When prepping your bottle for use, be sure to ditch your inclination to shake, and roll the bottle instead. Shaking can cause air bubbles to develop. Bubbles in the bottle can lead to bubbles on the nail, which will inevitably lead to chipping.
8. Layer up
Apply your polish colour in layers, allowing ample drying time between applications. Two coats should usually do the trick. Remember that chipping will begin at the tip of your nail, so be diligent to paint this area properly.
9. Top it off
As preventing your mani from chipping is obviously a top priority, it would be silly to forget to apply a top coat. Top coats form a protective barrier for your mani that prevents fading and chipping and allows for a long-lasting shine.
10. Maintenance is key
To keep up the appearance and durability of your mani, touch up your nails with a single layer of top coat every couple of days. Every day would be even better. And don’t forget to moisturise!
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