That feeling of flaunting a fresh manicure is priceless!
Whether you do it yourself or take professional help, manicure that has evenly distributed colour, no bubbles and chips, has a special place in every manicure lover’s heart. Well, we all know that this is too good to be true!
More often than not, we are all struggling to protect our nails from chipping within days (sometimes, even hours) of the application. While we are always blaming the polish for it, there are many more factors that lead to chipped nails. Here are all the reasons your nail polish is chipping...
- You’re not sealing the tip of your nail
- You’re not allowing your manicure to set
- You’re applying thick layers of polish
- You’re not following the 4-step manicure process
- You’re using poor quality polishes
You’re not sealing the tip of your nail
Even in our best efforts to paint them nails flawlessly, we often miss out on sealing the tip. This step is crucial as it prevents your nail polish from chipping sooner than usual. Therefore, after you’ve painted the entire nail bed, drag some polish (of the same colour of course) horizontally across the top edge of your nail. This little hack will seal the polish, making it less likely to chip.
You’re not allowing your manicure to set
Did you know? A full-fledged manicure (one base coat, two coats of polish and one top coat) takes six hours to set. Yes, you read that right! This means, no showering, no swimming and not doing the dishes for six hours after applying nail polish. Your nail beds expand in hot water, making the polish move with it. This in turn causes cracks and makes your polish chip when your nail beds return to their usual size. Therefore, it’s best to paint your nails before hitting the bed so you don’t have to be extra careful!
You’re applying thick layers of polish
Applying nail polish using thick strokes is a strict no-no! If you are applying nail polish in thick layers, you are not allowing it to dry on to the nail properly. Half-dried polish will chip faster. If your first layer is streaky, you can always cover it up in the second layer. Remember this, especially if you are into DIY manicures.
You’re not following the 4-step manicure process
Doesn’t matter if you’re applying the nail polish all by yourself; not following the 4-step manicure procedure can make your polish chip faster than you can even imagine. Always start with a base coat, follow it up with two coats of nail polish and finish it off with a top coat. Let each layer dry completely so that the polish sticks to the nail.
You’re using poor quality polishes
Using poor quality nail polishes can ruin your nail game and make your polish chip faster. Therefore, it’s always best to check your polish bottle to see if the formula has not dried up or is not too runny. Invest in chip-proof and long-lasting polishes that also provide a smooth finishing.
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