If my manicure can last a full week, I am very impressed. Unfortunately, this is a rare occurrence for me and I usually end up having to do at least a touch up, if not completely re-polish, at some point mid-week.
While I can’t promise you a chip-proof manicure that will last forever, I do have a few simple tricks to keep your polish in tact for at least a few days longer.
Trick 1: Always Use Base Coat
I often skip this step, but if you really want you polish to last, it is crucial. I am a huge fan of Nail Alive’s Gooey base coat, cutesy name aside, it really seals the polish to your nails. Be sure to wipe nails clean of all color, dirt, and oils before applying base coat.
If you are partial to a certain brand on nail polish than I would suggest buying a base coat from that brand. For example Essie and OPI each make their own.
Nail Alive Gooey Base coat, from Amazon
Trick 2: Layer it on
An easy trick is to layer your polishes and base coats. Be advised: the result is a bit thicker of a paint job, so if you prefer a thinner polish job, this one might not be for you. In between layers of nail polish simply add another layer of base coat.
Trick 3: Find a Long Lasting Top Coat
I usually stick to the same two topcoats, OPI and Seche Vite, simply because these are the brands most salons I visit use. Of course if there is a brand you prefer feel free to use it, just make sure you’re applying it every time. With some polishes I even suggest using two coats of top coat, or applying extra to areas that are exposed to the most wear and tear, like your tips.
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat .5 Fl Oz, $9.90 from Amazon
OPI Treatment Top Coat (0.5oz), from Amazon
Trick 4: Make it sparkle!
Nail Polishes with glitter is fun at any time, but are especially helpful when trying to get your polish to stick. Glitter nail polish works like glue and even if you don’t want a super sparkly manicure, layering it between your two coats of a similar color polish will give a hit of shine and seal your color on.
SEPHORA by OPI Sparkle Me Silver Top Coat Sparkle Me Silver, from Amazon
Trick 5: Take it Easy
A manicure is the perfect time to treat yourself to a little “me time.” So sit back and relax while allowing your nail polish to thoroughly dry (which explains why I always end up with sheet prints in my nails). Remember, even if they feel dry to the touch, nails take a few hours to dry all the way through so try to avoid doing too much with your hands; washing you hair is a definite post-manicure no-no.
How do you make your manicure last?