If you often do your nails or pay to have them done, you likely want them to last as long as possible. This is important because it can save you a lot of time and money in the long run if you don't continually have to keep getting them redone. Here are some tips for making sure that your nail polish lasts for a decent amount of time.
1. Get Rid of the Oil on Your Nails
Your nails are naturally going to have some oil from your hands on them. This is going to cause the polish to not adhere as well to your nails and to chip off more quickly. In order to get rid of the excess oil on your nails, take a cotton swab and dip it into white vinegar. Quickly wipe down each of your nails. Then, use a clean towel to dry off your nails before starting to apply the polish. If you don't think that your manicurist is going to do this, make sure that you do it before going into the salon.
2. Soak Your Nails in Cuticle Oil, Not Water
You might decide to soak your nails in order to soften up your cuticles and make it easier to shape them. However, when you soak your fingertips in water, your fingers absorb the water and the skin expands, causing your nail to expand slightly. When your fingernails go back to normal, the polish that was originally applied might not fit anymore. This can cause premature cracking that will make your nails not look as good. To avoid this, soak your cuticles in cuticle oil, rather than water.
3. Don't Get the Polish On Your Cuticles
Make sure that you don't get any polish on your cuticles because this will lift the polish away from the nail itself and cause it to chip earlier than it would otherwise. To avoid getting paint on your cuticles, use cuticle oil to push them out of the way. Then, cover them with a piece of paper or tape while you are painting your nails.
4. Add More Basecoat to the Tips of Your Nails
Finally, because the tips of your nails are more likely to chip, be sure that you apply a second layer of basecoat to just the tips. This will make them more resistant to chipping.
For more information, talk to a company that specializes in nail polish.