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Monday Mani #29


When you've spent time on your manicure and then it chips after two or three days it's a real downer, so give these a try and let me know how they work for you. 

1. Prep Your Nails
Like you prep your skin for makeup, body for self tanning and hair for styling, Prepping your nails before applying any polish is the first step to a chip-free manicure. Make sure there's nothing on your nails, that they are filed, buffed and ready for polish. Wash your hands and make sure there's no residue of nail polish remover, or soap on your nails, and dry your hands thoroughly before applying anything on your nails. 

2. Apply a Base Coat
Whether it's a ridge filler, strengthener or simply to stop your nails staining, a base coat is a must if you want your polish to last longer. 

3. Thin Layers of Polish
It's important to apply 2 to 3 thin layers of nail polish. If you apply thick layers then there is a high risk of air bubbles in there which causes chipping and flaking.

4. Let Them Dry
There's quite a few opinions to this, when it comes to the base coat and the nail colour, always wait until your nails are dry before applying your next coat. There's some controversy when it comes to the top coat. Some say it's best and most effective to wait until your nails are completely dry before putting on your top coat, and some say to apply the top coat when your nails are still wet as this penetrates the nail colour and makes it last longer. Personally they both have the same results in my experience so I would say to try both and see what works best for you. 

5. Top Coat
I prefer a fast drying top coat, my favourite is the Seche Vite Fast Drying Top Coat, as this just works the best for my nails. A top coat is very important and the most effective way to keep your mani lasting longer. 

6. Concentrate on the Tips of Your Nails 
When it comes to applying the top coat, apply a strip across the tip of your nails making sure to seal the end of the nail in before applying on to the rest of the nail as normal.

7. Good Quality Nail Polish
You don't have to spend ridiculous amounts on your nail polish, but buying cheap quality polishes are only going to cause more hassle. When the polishes are cheaply made and not of good quality, there's no chance in getting it to last longer than 2 or at a push 3 days.

8. Top Coat Every Day
Not something I do on a regular basis unless the occasion arrives where I need my manicure to last a long time, but if you apply your top coat onto your nails every day, or every other day, it will not only give you a nice shine but keep everything in place. If it's starts to get thick and gloopy, that is the time to remove your polish and start again.

I hope these tips are useful and that you give them a try. If you have any other tips then please leave them in a comment below. 

Thanks for reading.

What is your favourite way to keep your manicure lasting it's best?

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