3 Reasons Your Nails Polish Won't Last

Beauty & Style | 10/28/2015 | 03:24 PM EDT

Three Simple Tips to Make Your Polish Long-Lasting

There isn’t a woman around who doesn’t want her $15 manicure to last at least 2 weeks. Most of the time, life gets in the way of having a long lasting, fresh manicure. But, what you may have known is that there are a few ways to keep your manicure from chipping.

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You’re Not Getting Dry Manicures

We’ve talked about the dry manicure before. It’s basically one where you don’t let your nails soak in a bowl of warm water. While this part of the typical manicure is comforting and really, something we’re all used to, it keeps your manicure from lasting long. This is because the moisture that sets in your nails prevents your nail polish from lasting long.

You Don’t Seal the Edges

In addition to applying the base coat, two coats of the nail color and the top coat, you want to seal the edges of your nails, too. You can do this with each coat you apply. You basically just apply the polish to the edges of your tips to prevent chipping.

Your Nails Are Too Long

Most of the time, the shorter your nails are, the longer the polish will last. This is pretty much because the longer your nails are, the more exposed your tips are. This shouldn’t discourage you from rocking your long nails. Just have a good understanding that they may affect how long your nail polish lasts.  

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