Thursday, June 8, 2017

How to Keep Your Nail Polish from Chipping

Some questions I am frequently asked are "how do I do a simple manicure?", "how do I keep my polish from chipping?", or, "can you recommend a base and top coat for me?" Today I'm picking up from where I left off in a three-part series addressing these questions.  If you missed part one, How to do a Simple Manicure, you can check it out here.

How do I keep my polish from chipping?

Honestly? A little trial and error, a little experience, a little bit of using quality products, and a larger bit of proper application.

Everyone has different body chemistry and different brands of nail polish will work better or worse for you depending on your individual chemistry.  OPI and Zoya are two brands that work incredibly well for me, but Essie is a brand that is incompatible with me.  Essie Chinchilly is one of my favorite colors ever but it only lasts a few days on me.  There is literally nothing I can do to make an Essie nail polish last as long on my nails as a Zoya nail polish.  At the same time, I have a friend who can't wear Zoya without it chipping off and Essie wears wonderfully on her.  So find what brands work for you and run with it!

Aside from what brand of nail polish you wear, making sure your application process is done well will go a long way (see "How do I do a simple manicure?").  Proper use of a base coat like Zoya Anchor and a top coat like Seche Vite, as well as wrapping your tips, will all help to ensure that you've got a manicure that will last.

What is wrapping your tips?  This means you hold your brush perpendicular to your nail bed and using the side of the brush, apply color to the very tip of your nail and a little bit on the underside of your nails. That way when your polish starts to chip, it chips from the front of your nail and not the top of your nail bed.  Wrapping my tips alone increases my wear time by at least a day.

The key takeaways here for having a manicure that will last longer than a day or two are:
  • Use polish with a formula that compliments your unique body chemistry;
  • Use a good-quality base and top coat; and
  • Make sure you wrap your tips!

Give these tips a try and let me know if they help!

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