Whether you're getting a manicure at the salon or you're doing it on your own, these hacks will ensure that your polish will stay chip-free and glossy.
Start with a smooth base.
Fill in ridges and get rid of unwanted moisture and oil before painting your nails. This practice will allow the lacquer to stay on for longer.
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Never neglect the free edge.
The free edge is where the chipping starts. Brushing base coat, nail lacquer, and top coat on it will keep it extra protected.
Apply clear polish under your fingernails.
If you've got long nails, prevent them from breaking by painting a thin coat of clear or strengthening polish underneath the tips.
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Re-apply clear polish every week.
To maintain the glossy gel-like finish of your painted digits, refresh the top coat every seven days. Don't forget the free edge!
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Be mindful of your actions.
Okay, this may sound like deep advice, but it works. Being conscious of how you use your nail to open soda cans or untangle knots will make you aware of how much you tend to abuse your digits. Wear gloves first before doing house chores.
Be generous with cuticle oil.
When your cuticles are well moisturized, your nails look freshly polished. Plus, the digits become stronger and less brittle—aka they're less prone to chipping.
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Get a gel manicure.
Unlike regular polish, gel polish lasts longer. You can expect extra glossy, chip-free nails that last for as long as four weeks.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Try press-on nails
If you like nail art but you're the type who wants to do the mani by yourself, try press-on nails. This particular set can be customized to your nail size, desired length, and chosen design.
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This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.