Nail polish can be a great way to add a pop of color to your outfit and make your hands look more polished. However, one of the biggest challenges when it comes to nail polish is making it last longer. It can be frustrating to spend time painting your nails, only to have the polish chip or fade within a day or two. If you’re tired of constantly having to touch up your nail polish, here are some tips on how to make it last longer.
How to Prep Nails for Manicure
Preparing your nails before a manicure is essential to achieve a long-lasting, polished look. Here are the steps to follow to prep your nails for a manicure:
Remove any old nail polish: If you have any old nail polish on your nails, remove it using a gentle nail polish remover. Use a cotton ball or a pad to gently wipe off the polish.
Trim and shape your nails: Use a nail clipper to trim your nails to your desired length. Then, use a nail file to shape your nails. File your nails in one direction to prevent any damage or splitting.
Soak your nails: Soak your nails in warm, soapy water for a few minutes to soften the cuticles and make them easier to push back.
Push back cuticles: Use a cuticle pusher to gently push back your cuticles. Be careful not to cut them, as this can lead to infection.
Exfoliate your hands: Use a gentle scrub to exfoliate your hands and nails. This will remove any dead skin cells and leave your hands feeling soft and smooth.
Moisturize your hands: After exfoliating, moisturize your hands and nails with a good quality hand cream. Massage the cream into your hands and nails for a few minutes to help improve blood circulation.
Cleanse nails: Finally, use a cotton pad soaked in alcohol to cleanse your nails and remove any oil or residue.
Following these simple steps will ensure that your nails are ready for a perfect manicure.
How to Make Nail Polish Last Longer
Start with Clean Nails
Before you apply nail polish, make sure your nails are clean and dry. Use a nail polish remover to remove any old polish, dirt or oils. Wash your hands with soap and water and dry them thoroughly. This will help the polish adhere better and last longer.
Apply a Base Coat
A base coat helps the nail polish adhere better to your nails, and also prevents staining. Apply a thin layer of base coat and let it dry completely before applying your color.
Use Thin Layers
Instead of applying thick layers of nail polish, apply thin layers. And choose good quality, long-lasting products such as DND, Nu, KIA, OPI nail polish to ensure your nails are best protected. Thick layers take longer to dry and are more prone to smudging or chipping. Apply two thin layers of nail polish, allowing each layer to dry completely before applying the next.(more…) READ MORE