Manicures are tricky. One slight careless movement and they chip and crack and all the effort you put into painting your nails goes down the drain. There is nothing more discouraging than having your new manicure ruined soon after you have had it done.

So here goes. Genius hacks that no one told you about, which make your manicures stay looking fresher for longer.

Prep your nails
 

Prep your nails

Clean your nails with astringent or even vinegar to remove and residual dirt and oils. This helps the nail polish apply better directly on your nail.

File them short
 

File them short

Longer nails are more prone to snagging and chipping. Shorter nails are stronger and do not chip as much. So keep your nails trimmed and filed to no more than 5 mm.

Cuticle grooming
 

Cuticle grooming

Never cut at your cuticles. Apply cuticle oil and push it back with a wooden tool. When you apply nail polish on over grown cuticles, it peels off and spoils the look.

Never skip the base coat
 

Never skip the base coat

Nail polish tends to stick to your nail better when you apply a base coat. Also, it forms a protective barrier between your nail and the polish, so your nail is not affected.

2 thin coats of nail polish
 

2 thin coats of nail polish

Apply your nail polish in thin layers, allowing them to dry in between coats. Thick coats will lead to bubbling and peeling.

Wrap the polish around the edge
 

Wrap the polish around the edge

After you have applied the nail polish along the length of the nails, sweep the polish along the edge and a bit under the nail. This reduces chipping.

Top up the top coat
 

Top up the top coat

You can re-apply the top coat every few days, to keep the manicure looking fresh and prevent chipping.

Roll the bottle between your palms
 

Roll the bottle between your palms

Never shake the nail polish bottle vigorously in an up and down motion. Roll it between your palms and warm it up before applying. This prevents bubbles from forming in the bottle.

When your gel manicure grows out
 

When your gel manicure grows out

Hide the little gap that appears at the base of your nail when you have a gel manicure that is growing out by applying a glitter nail polish at the base. This covers up the gap and looks like you have created an ombrè nail art! Win-win situation!

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