When you get your nails professionally done, they always clean your nails with nail polish remover even if you had no nail polish on them. Natural oils will keep the nail polish from actually adhering to the surface of your nails. So, always swipe each nail with remover before applying polish.
Thin Coats, Not Thick Coats
Thinner coats have a lower risk of smudging than thick coats. Apply three thin coats of polish rather than two thick coats. This cuts down on drying time between coats and there’s less chance of bubbles brewing on your nails if they don’t dry in time. Additionally, use a high-quality nail polish like Essie or OPI.
Polish Your Nail Tips
When polishing, polish the tip of the nail as well. This helps cut down on chipping. The little particles of sparkle help polish cling to your nails, so if you like a shimmery finish, this is yet another reason to go for it.
Apply a Clear Top Coat
Topcoats extend the life of your manicure. You can also use the base coat as a top coat. Brush the top coat on and around the edges of nails as well as an extra seal against chipping.
Allow Proper Drying Time
Nails need about 45 minutes of drying time before you handle objects, like your keys or your shoelaces. Once dry time is over, submerge nails in cold water, then apply lotion. This allows for a slippery surface until nails are completely dry. For pedicures, wrap toes in plastic wrap if you’re wearing shoes other than flip flops or sandals.
Keep a Top Coat Handy
To prolong the life of your manicure, apply a topcoat every other day.