How To Make Your Manicure Last

Hi loves!

I have been asked countless times through the years about my personal tips for making a manicure last longer. I’ve heard from many people with the same issue of their nail polish not lasting as long as they’d like. Even if you don’t have this issue yourself, I know everyone would love to extend the life of their manicure by a few more days. With that being said, I have put together all of my tricks and tips that I use for my clients, as well as for myself. Let’s get into it!

Buff Your Natural Nail

I want to start off with this step that not many people are aware of. When you lightly buff the surface of your nail, you are doing a couple things. First, you are buffing away excess debris and cuticle from the nail plate, and secondly, you are “roughing” up the surface a tad to allow the product something to attach to. You definitely don’t need to buff too much as this could lead to damage, but a small amount will do.

Dehydrate With Alcohol

I swear by this step when performing a manicure on my clients. I like to cleanse the nail with alcohol for a few different reasons. First, cleansing allows you to wipe away any debris from the buffing step before. Next, the alcohol wipes away any excess oil from the nail plate, which could inhibit the polish from sticking to nail. Lastly, alcohol acts as a dehydrator, which dehydrates the nail of moisture allowing the polish to adhere longer.

Apply Thin Layers

This is a tactic that not many people realize can be very helpful. When you apply your nail polish layers too thick, it is much easier for the layers to chip or peel off of your nails. When you apply each layer very thin, you are giving the polish a better chance of staying on your nails!


Use A Base and Topcoat

This step should be obvious, but I had to include it in this post because of it’s importance. Using a base coat allows your polish to adhere to the nail better, which will prolong your manicure. A topcoat does a great job of protecting the polish underneath and making it a bit more difficult for chipping to occur. Think of this as a barrier from the outside world.

Avoid Water In Excess

This is a major factor that causes chipping of nail polish. To avoid this issue, try wearing gloves when you’re cleaning, washing dishes, etc.

That’s it for today’s tips; thank you all so much for stopping by! Have you had any luck with these steps for your own nails? If so, I’d love to hear your experiences. Feel free to leave anymore tips you may have in the comments below. I hope your day is awesome; love and light! :)

XX, Amy


YouTube Channel: Polished by Amy

Instagram: @polishedbyamy


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