Girls will be girls! We are all about the little joys of life--like finding that perfect red lipstick, getting a free beauty sample and leaving the salon with perfectly-shaped, painted nails. Admit it, a good manicure has the power to lift your spirits and even help you get over a breakup!

But constantly painting your nails can make them look brittle, discoloured and lifeless. If you often wonder what it is you’re doing wrong, the answer could be your constant use of nail polish!

Make sure you are not guilty of these 5 nail polish habits that could be harming your nails.

 

Always having nail polish on

Always having nail polish on

If you’re a nail polish addict, not wearing it even for a day can make your nails feel naked. Unfortunately wearing nail polish every single day can also weaken your nail bed. It is important to take breaks in between polishes (give it a week) to allow your nails to breathe.

 

Using a lot of remover

Using a lot of remover

Changing your nail colour frequently means you’re also using a lot of nail polish remover. Most nail polish removers contain acetone, which can dry your nails out, cause peeling and sometimes, can lead to infections. Taking a break from your nail polish will also give you a break from using removers, allowing your nails to breathe and get back to their normal hydration levels.

 

Peeling chipped polish

Peeling chipped polish

Stop blaming your nail polish for this one! Your nail paint will chip after a few days, but peeling it will only make matters worse. Because while doing so, you also remove the top layer of your nail bed making it weak and brittle. Prevent this by applying a top coat that will keep the colour intact for longer.

 

Skipping the base coat

Skipping the base coat

Discoloured nails look ugly. Period. Instead of hiding them with more coats of nail polish, try using a base coat at all times. This will form a protective layer on your nails and prevent unwanted staining.

 

Shaking your nail polish bottle

Shaking your nail polish bottle

You may have seen a lot of people do it and you automatically do it too. But here’s what you didn’t know – shaking the bottle can create air bubbles which stick to the bed of your nail making it look uneven. Instead hold the bottle vertically and roll it back and forth between your hands to warm it up and make sure the colour comes out smooth.