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How To Make Your Manicure Last Longer
Every woman wishes she could keep her manicure looking great for a longer period of time. Manicures have to be redone as soon as a nail is broken or polish is chipped off, even if it is just a small chip on a corner.
Below are some tips to help your manicure last longer than usual.
Clean your nails: Always make sure your nails are clean and do not use lotion or oils on your hands before applying nail polish. Not only must the area underneath the nails be kept clean, but the nail surface must also be kept clean. Your nails naturally contain oils meant to keep the nails soft and prevent them from chipping easily.
When you apply nail polish, this natural oil causes the polish to peel off easily. Use nail polish remover, acetone or sea breeze on your nails before applying the polish to reduce the oiliness and allow the polish to stay in place for a longer period of time.
Apply a base coat: It is important to apply a base coat before applying nail polish and a top coat after applying the nail polish. The base coat ensures that the nail is protected while the top coat ensures that the nail polish does not chip off easily. While one may have a tendency to skip these steps, either through forgetfulness or laziness, it is important that one take the time to apply these additional coats to help your manicure last longer.
Dry the polish: Let each coat of nail polish you apply dry completely before applying the next coat. By doing so, the polish sticks to the nails and does not peel away easily. It is better to let the nail polish dry naturally than to use gadgets. While the use of gadgets will dry the polish more quickly, the polish also tends to chip.
Protect your nails: Protect your nails whenever you are doing physical activity or tough chores that involve a lot of dirt, such as gardening, plumbing and carpentry.
Also if your hands will be spending a lot of time in water, for example you will be washing dishes or clothes, it is best to wear gloves and cover your hand. Be careful when opening bottles and do not use your nails to open lids. Use your fingers instead of your nails.