When you put nail polish on, how long does it last? There are high chances that it starts chipping within days. You may even find it starts chipping within moments. You need to help the polish last for much longer. The good news is that there are some things you can do. Here are some tips to keep it lasting hours, and even days.
Have Clean Hands
You’re in a rush and just want to put a new coat on. The problem is that dirt and grime on your nails stops the polish from sticking. Even if you think you have clean hands, you may find that there is residue of oils or the nail polish remover from the last colour you wore. Wash your hands right before you apply the polish.
File Your Nails
Buffer the top parts of your nails—the bits that the polish sticks to. When your nails are rough, you will find it much easier to keep the polish on. It has something to cling to.
Think about it; when your nails are smooth it is very much like having a smooth surface to try and work on. The paint just slides off, so the same thing happens with the polish.
Give It Time
It can take up to 24 hours for nail polish to actually dry! Even if you speed up the process with hand dryers and heating devices like they do in the nail salons, the polish isn’t going to dry all the way through in minutes.
Don’t apply the polish if you’re in a rush. Plan ahead and do it the night before. Then you can worry about your makeup and getting dressed instead.
Stop Touching It!
Remember that oil and grime? Well, it’s on your finger tips. If you want to stop it getting into your nail cuticles, you need to stop touching your polish. Grime and oils will get into the cuticles anyway, but you’re helping to speed up the process by constantly feeling your nails.
Stop Biting Time
Biting your nails is causing your polish to chip. Think about the odd angles your nails are being bitten off at. That is upsetting the perfection of the polish, and causing parts of it to lift at the top.
Even if you don’t take the nails off with your teeth, you’re upsetting the set of the polish.
Use Apple Cider Vinegar
Before applying the polish, use a bit of apple cider vinegar on your nails. Once dry, it works similarly to buffering your nails and helps the polish cling to something.
One of the best things is that it is usually in your cupboard. Even if not, this vinegar is useful for so many things around the home, including as a natural cleaning product!
Keep the Application Thin
You don’t need a thick layer of polish. Focus on keeping the polish layers thin, so they just cover the real colour of your nails. There is less to catch when you’re doing your daily things, which means there is less there to start chipping!