Most of us love to wear Nail varnish but it can be infuriating as it often peels as soon as you've applied it!
We all think that we know how to paint our nails but sometimes we haven't actually applied it correctly, then we get angry that our nail varnish is peeling within an hour of applying!
I work with my hands every day and this is what I do to ensure my polish stays (mostly) chip-free for up to a week.
What I use:
* Cuticle oil (I use Moringa Oil which I reviewed Here)
Avon nail and cuticle cream Here
Cuticle softner (Optional)
Base Coat (Or you can use top coat)
Your chosen nail colour
Nail Varnish remover
This is a lengthy process so I recommend watching your favourite series or a film while you do this! Start off by removing any old polish then wash your hands, clean with a nail brush over your nails and underneath the free edge to ensure you have a clean base to work with.
Then cut and file your nails to the desired shape and length.
If you're using a cuticle remover or cuticle softener now is the time to apply it. Then take a cuticle pusher and gently push back your cuticles. You also want to remove any dead skin on nail surface this will help your nail varnish adhere properly. You can then also take cuticle nippers and remove any nail tags. Please be gentle when doing this though, we don't want any injuries!
Once you've done the above wash your hands again with a nail brush and soap to get rid of any debris or oils on your nails so that your nail varnish will adhere properly, this is an important step!
Now take your base coat and apply a thin layer and allow to dry. This will give your nail varnish a good foundation to stick to and also protect your natural nails from staining.
Now apply a thin layer of your desired nail varnish, don't take the polish right down to the cuticle, as it will flood onto your skin. Wait till this is touch dry and then apply another coat. Your second coat is the coat that needs to be neat and even.
I like to leave this to dry for 20-25 minutes as the biggest problem is we often don't let nail varnish dry properly, we'll start messing about on our phone or eating, then complain when it smudges! Now after waiting apply your topcoat. Not only will this make your nails look super shiny it will also protect the varnish from chipping for longer. Now, wait another half an hour or longer.
Once everything is dry and I'm happy with it you can then remove excess polish which might have gone onto your fingers with an ear bud dipped in nail polish remover. Then apply a cuticle oil to your cuticles and fingers. I use the Wikaniko Moringa oil which I reviewed Here *
I would recommend applying more topcoat every day or every other day and leave to dry for about 20 minutes, this will help protect your colour for longer. Just remember to wash your hands before applying more polish so you have an oil-free surface for your new layer of polish to adhere too! I also recommend using cuticle oil and hand cream each night to give you nourished and moisturised hands.
And there you go! This won't guarantee your nail polish doesn't chip but it gives it a better chance to last longer. Mine tends to chip slightly at the free edge after about 4 days, but like I said I work with my hands every day.
I hope this helps you, this is the method I use and it works pretty well. Please leave any nail tips you have below!
*Any items marked with a * were sent to me in exchange for an honest review, however, this does not change my views.
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