Tips to Prevent Nail Polish from Chipping
Have you ever glanced down at your freshly manicured nails only to discover that your perfectly applied polish has chipped off in several places? That doesn’t have to happen. Follow these simple guidelines and keep your manicure pretty and chip free.
While it may be tempting to just slather on polish onto unprepared nails, it isn’t going to get you the best results. Give yourself plenty of time for your manicure, and make sure you have all the necessary tools on hand, including a base coat, and a top coat.
What is the Purpose of the Base Coat and the Top Coat?
A base coat provides a smooth and even base for your nail polish. It also has other benefits – it strengthens the nails and prevents the polish from staining your nails. If you have sensitive skin, or if you have ridges in your nails, special base coats can also be applied to help with these issues. The top coat’s primary purpose is to protect the nail finish and help the nail color last longer.
Types of Nail Polish
Nail polishes are available in a wide variety today thus meeting the needs of almost any fingernail and every individual. The different types of nail polish available include the following:
- Fast drying nail polish
- Long lasting nail polish
- Strengthening nail polish
- Growth enhancing nail polish
- The All Inclusive nail polish
As long as your polish comes from a reputable brand, it doesn’t really matter what kind you buy. Just pick a color you like. Popular brands of nail polish available at most drug stores include Maybelline, Revlon and Cover Girl. Though these nail polishes are less expensive than nail polishes advertised in salons and high-end stores, such as Lippmann, Sephora and OPI, they work just as well.
Steps to Prevent Nail Polish from Chipping
Now that you’ve got your polish, follow these easy steps for a beautiful chip free manicure:
- Remove the old fading and chipping nail polish. Don’t paint over old polish. This will create an uneven surface that is more likely to chip.
- File your nails, removing any uneven or rough edges.
- Massage your hands with a moisturizer
- Using a hoof stick, or similar tool, gently push your cuticles back away from the surface of your nail.
- Use the end of the cuticle pusher or hoof stick to remove any dirt lying under your nails
- For smoother application of the nail color apply a thin base coat
- When the base coat dries completely, apply the nail color. Start in the center of the nail and work out to either side. Be sure to shake the nail polish bottle before use. Avoid thick application to prevent smudging.
- Wait 5 minutes or until completely dry. Be patient! Apply the top coat. Strive for thin and even coverage over the entire nail bed.The top coat plays a major role in preventing the nails from chipping. Every couple of days, you can apply an extra layer of top coat for added protection and shine.
- If necessary, use the end of a cotton swab dipped in polish remover to clean the sides of your nail beds for a clean and polished look.
Other Nail Polish Tips
To keep your polish pretty, remember the following tips:
- Wear gloves while doing household work
- Avoid applying nail polish more than once or twice a week
- To speed up drying tap, immerse your hands in cold water for 3 minutes
- Make sure nails are dry to the touch before applying the next coat
- Dip nails in hydrogen peroxide for 5-10 minutes or ½ cup of water mixed with lemon juice for 15 minutes to remove stubborn nail stains
At home manicures can be easy and beneficial. Just slow down and do it right to keep your nail color long lasting,and chip free.