How To Make Your Manicure Last Longer?

By: Rima

Being a woman is not an easy task. From hair styling to getting a perfect manicure done, everything requires patience and talent.

We all know chipped nails are the worst and to prevent this, you should get a manicure done after a regular interval of time.

You should make sure that your nails, as well as the nail paint, look fresh. There is more than one reason why your nail paint can fade away quickly or start looking ugly after a certain period of time.

It is a right time to get a manicure done today, and your nail will definitely thank you for this. Check out some of the tricks to make your manicure last longer.


1. Avoid Contact With Water

Before you polish your nails, it is always good to avoid the contact with water as much as possible. Once nail comes in contact with water, it becomes difficult for nail paint to stay in there. Once the nail is dehydrated, it tends to shrink, which does not allow the nail paint to fit in your nails.


2. Use Of Vinegar

It is advised that you should wipe your nails with vinegar before applying the base coat. Applying vinegar on nails with the help of a cotton swab helps to remove build-up of natural oils on the nail, which allows the nail paint to stay for longer period of time. Once the vinegar on nail dries, you can apply the base coat.


3. Roll Your Nail Polish

If your nail paint is standing on a shelf for a long period of time, roll the nail paint to mix the formula properly. Most of the people end up shaking the nail paint up and down, which causes air to form bubbles in between. Nail paint with air bubbles is not good for a perfect manicure.


4. Dry Under Cool Air

Hot air does not allow the air paint to dry, instead it destroys its texture. In order to dry your nail paint, allow it to dry under cool air naturally. Or else you can use a blow dryer in cold air setting. Another tip to dry nail paint quickly is to dip your fingers in ice water for 2-3 minutes.


5. Keep Your Nail Hydrated

Just like your body, you should also take care of your nail and see to it that it gets hydrated all day long. Drink adequate water to keep your nails hydrated. Other than this, oil massages for nails help prevent them from cracking and breaking quite often. Hydrated nail paint lessens the chance of nail paint getting separated.


6. Reapply Top Coat

Once you are done with the manicure, it is your responsibility to take proper care of your nails. You should reapply the base coat after 3-4 days, so that the nail paint does not separate from the nail. Re-applying the base coat can help to prevent chipping and also enhance shine.


7. Avoid Using Hand Sanitizer

You should avoid using hand sanitizer to wash your hands because it dries out the nails, which allows the top coat to run out. Frequent using of sanitizer can shrink the nails and also leave the nails dehydrated. Instead, try to use a mild soap to wash your hands and fingers.


8. Apply Two Base Coats

Nail tips are prone to breakage and hence you should apply base coat two times, which works as a shield to the nails. You should apply base coat once on your nail and make sure you apply to the second half of the nails (the upper area). If needed, you can re-coat the tip once again to avoid breakage.


9. Shape Your Nails

You should file your nails properly because it not only looks good but also prevents breakage. You should avoid buffing front and back with the file, as it can make the nail brittle and cause tearing.


10. Avoid Nail Paint On The Cuticles

You should avoid getting nail paints on the cuticles, as it lifts the paint from the nail further leading to chipping. Avoid cutting your cuticles and instead push them back using a stick and cuticle oil. This will prevent them from getting coated with nail paint.

Read more about: manicure, vinegar, nail polish, water
Story first published: Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 10:00 [IST]
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