What's worse than a heartbreak? The feeling you get when a freshly done manicure chips or gets nicked! If you have ever wondered (we are sure you have... many, many times) how to stop your nail paint from chipping and make your manicure last, then you have come to the right place.

We just curated some pro tips to help your manicure stand the test of time.

Use a remover
 

Use a remover

Before applying nail polish, always go over your nails with nail polish remover, even if your nails are bare. This quick step is a great way to remove any sort of build-up or natural oils from the nails. This will ensure that the nail polish sticks to your nail and prevents quick chipping.

Invest in a top coat
 

Invest in a top coat

Applying a top coat is a step that most people skip, but it plays a major role when it comes to increasing the staying power of your nail polish. By creating a barrier on top of your nail paint, it prevents chipping and even adds a shine making your manicure look fresh.

The shorter the better
 

The shorter the better

If you want your nail polish to last longer, then it is best to keep your nails short and neat. This is because the longer the nails, the more your tips will be used (read: peeling off stickers, putting keys on key rings, opening lids, etc), or it could snag on something and make your polish chip. So keep your nails short, filed and out of the way!

Allow enough dry time
 

Allow enough dry time

If you are doing your nails at home, then be very careful of smudging them while they dry. Here’s a little tip to tell if your nail paint is completely dry - make your pinky nails face each other, carefully touch them together and then pull them apart. If your nails feel sticky or tacky when you pull them, then they need more time to dry, if not, you’re ready to move on.

Keep your nails healthy
 

Keep your nails healthy

Despite following all the above steps, do you still feel like your nail paint chips off quickly? Then the problem could be your nails. If your nails are prone to nutritional defects like ridges, peeling or breakage, then it is time you fixed those problems first, as nothing helps your manicure last longer than healthy nails.