Painting your own nails is a great way to cut back on pricey visits to the nail salon every few weeks, but it won’t make a difference in the long run if you have to re-do your polish every few days. We’re here to help you cut back on costs but not on quality. Here’s to learning How to Achieve Long Lasting Nail Color!
How to Achieve Long Lasting Nail Color
Nail Polish Remover is Key
Even if you don’t have leftover nail polish on, it’s crucial to swipe a cotton ball soaked in remover over your nails. The acetone removes oil and dirt on the surface, leaving you with a clean, fresh canvas on which to paint.
Think of the base coat like a bra. You need it no matter what you wear on top in order to keep the color looking smooth. Swipe a thin coat on each nail for the best result. There are a lot of base coats out there but I see the best results when I use OPI’s base coat. I’m obsessed with OPI products. They last a long time and the brush completely covers my entire nail, making it even easier to pain my nails. WIN!
Layer it Up
When it comes to applying nail polish, layers are key. I normally apply 2-4 layers depending on the color or the polish. The lighter the polish color, the more layers are needed.
Think of the top coat like the wax you’d get with a car wash. It seals in the fresh polish, keeping your nails shiny and smudge-free. All you need is a thin layer! Again, the OPI Top Coat is amazing!
Drying is Essential
Make sure your nails are completely dry before using your hands. Difficult, I know, but if you used thin layers, the polish will dry pretty quickly. If you’re late for dinner with your girlfriends and need to rush out the door, use a hair dryer to quickly dry them, then dip your hands in cold water to create a sealant.
Cuticle Cream for Maintenance
If your nails chip a few days after you paint them, dry cuticles could be the problem. Get into a habit of applying cuticle cream daily for long lasting nail color and healthy cuticles. I absolutely love Bert’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream it’s hydrating and smells amazing!
BONUS TIP: Don’t shake the bottle before applying the polish- this creates bubbles on the nails, which can make them chip. Instead, roll the bottle between your palms in order to mix the contents.