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6 Ways to Make Your Manicure Last More than 2 Days

1. File your nails before painting them.

The goal is to smooth away any snags around your nails, and  sculpt them. Snags can lead to chipped paint so the smoother your edges the less chance of your polish chipping.

2. Use a base coat and top coat.

The type of polish you use doesn’t matter as much as the steps you take to protect the polish before and after applying it.  

Before painting your nails you should always apply a base coat to your nails. After painting your nails you should apply a top coat. Doing this will protect them, and keep them strong.

I use Revlon’s Multi Care Base and Top coat because it provides the protection my nails need in one bottle to make my mani last longer.

3. Use your dishwasher versus hand washing.

Water seems to be the number one enemy of my manicure. When my nails have absorbed water they become softer and more flexible. Nail that are painted and flexible are a recipe for disaster.

The first three days after applying my mani, I use my dish washer to avoid having my nails immersed in water for an extended amount of time.

4. Hand wash dishes wearing rubber gloves.

If you must hand wash but still want to preserve your mani, use rubber gloves and avoid scraping, scrubbing or scratching dishes using your finger nails.

Instead, use the pads of your finger tips and a scouring pad.

5. Use gel nail enamel.

If you can afford to pay a little more on nail enamel, go with gel enamel. It comes in tons of colors supplies a thicker coat of polish and can last up to 10 days without chipping.

I mentioned the brand I use in my gel nail tutorial a few weeks ago.

6. Let your nail dry after being exposed to water.

Finally, whenever your nails are exposed to water for more than a few minutes such as when showering, allow your nails time to dry and harden before doing anything with your hands.

(nail color: Revlon Scented Parfume Nail Enamel in Ocean Breeze)
  • With Micro-glitter.
  • Scented when dry.
  • Formaldehyde and toluene free.
  • Stunning rare Teal color.
  • Revlon nail enamel delivers gorgeous, smooth, long-wearing, chip-resistant color to the nails.

I give myself a manicure every five to seven days and these are the tips I follow to make sure my manicure last more than two days.

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  1. I have a gel manicure kit. My nails look great but the color still chips off after a couple of days.I don't wear gloves when I wash dishes, that may be the cause.

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