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Chipped manicures are anything but a sight for sore eyes. I would rather see bare nails than partially polished ones – but keeping your manicures fresh and perfected isn’t an easy task. Over the years I’ve come across a few tricks to keep you chip free, at least for a couple days.
1. Always use a base coat. It will help the polish adhere to your nails. I recommend a hardener like OPI Nail Envy which provides strengthening power, along with a chip resistant base like OPI ChipSkip. Personally – I don’t use ChipSkip because I change my manicures at least once a week and I find that following the next steps is enough to keep my lacquer in tact.
2. Always use at least two coats of polish – if you have time to do three, even better – just make sure you are applying thin, even layers and allowing at least a couple minutes between each. Make sure you paint over the tip of your nail and are not just stopping at the end. Wrapping the polish around the end of your nail will help prevent chips.
5. Allow your nails to dry completely – at least 15 minutes, do not touch anything. This is so important.
Okay so now you have the perfect long lasting manicure right? Wrong. Flawless manicures take time and effort. To ensure that your nails stay chip free, you’ll want to reapply a top coat every two days. Just a quick application with a focus on the tips. If you do get a chip, try to fill it in with polish. If you catch it soon enough you can usually do a pretty good patchwork job.
Another option to try if you are serious about perfect nails is Shellac which “is the original and only Power Polish service, empowering you the real woman, with 14+ days of superior color, no matter what life brings you. Set it and forget it. Practical and fearless. Improve your nails with an armor coat that says, “see you in 2 weeks”” or Bio Sculpture Gel which “is a one component nail treatment that strengthens and promotes the growth of natural nails. Applied onto a prepared nail our product cures under a UVA light, leaving the nail strong but flexible with a natural glossy finish”. Both of these options require a return visit to the salon to remove (or a lot of effort at home) but will ensure up to two weeks of fabulous fingers. This option is more costly but will save you a lot of touch up time if you don’t mind wearing the same colour for a longer period of time.
Try out these 5 steps (plus reapplying a top coat every two days) and you should for sure see an improvement in the longevity of your manicures!
Hopefully these recommendations were helpful! I’d love to hear your feedback – and for sure let me know if you end up trying one of these products.
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