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11 Tips To Make Sure Your Nail Paint Lasts A Week (At Least)

11 Tips To Make Sure Your Nail Paint Lasts A Week (At Least)

What's the worst part, or probably the only bad part, about applying nail polish? Chipping! Don't you just hate the nail paint starts to wither on Day 2? Same here! Over the years, we've found some nail paint hacks that actually help keep your polish for at least a week. Check them out!


1. Polish or no polish, start with a nail paint remover.


remover


Even if your nails are not painted, you must start by cleaning them with nail paint remover. This will help remove oil from your nails, which is one of the real culprits behind chipping.


Out of nail paint remover? No worries. Make a solution of water and white vinegar and dip your nails in it for a few minutes. 


2. Never miss buffing.


Buffing your nails is like getting a clean canvas for you to paint. This small step can go a long way in avoiding chipped nail polish.


3. Apply not one, but two layers of base coat. 


This has to be the best tip that no one gave you. Where does the nail paint chip off from most often? From the top half of the nail, right? So, you first coat the top half of your nail, let it dry and then coat the entire nail.


4. Try this basecoat.


To secure the matters further, go for a rubberized base coat.


base coat


PopXo Recommends: Orly Bonder Rubberized Basecoat, Rs 1,100.


5. Give it a shake.


Warm paints spread easily. So, when you begin, start by rolling the paint in between your palms. It will also remove bubbles if your nail paint has any.


nails gif


6. Go for multiple thin coats.


When applying nail polish, especially dark shades, you have to be patient. Instead of applying one thick coat, apply multiple thin coats. Apply another coat after the first has dried a little.


7. Yet, don't wait too long before the final transparent coat.


After you apply the last of your thin coats of the nail paint, don't let it completely dry before you put your final transparent coat. This will help the final coat blend with the colour of your nail paint.


8. Pro-tip: Seal the top edge of your nail with a top coat.


nail top coat


When you are applying a top coat, use the brush to put it on the top edge of your nails but you can spare the cuticle sides. This step ensures that your nail paint does not chip off from the top and stays sealed in.


9. Avoid going matte.


That's a heartbreaker, we know. But matte nail paints are likely to chip off sooner than  glossy nail polishes. However, if you have made up your mind rock solid to go for matte, you can choose a matte top coat.


PopXo recommends: Matte Power Matte Top Coat by Nykaa, Rs 249


10. Say no to ice water.


You must have heard this piece of advice that to dry your nail polish quicker, dip your nails in ice water. Let us tell you today that it's a failed piece of advice. Water absorption can slightly change the shape of your nails, making the polish crack at times too.


Instead, opt for quick-dry polish or spray.


dryers


PopXo recommends: Demert Nail Enamel Dryer, Rs 402


11. Apply white before applying a neon nail paint. 


If you love neon nail paints, here's a hack for you. To make your neon nail polish colour pop out perfectly, coat your nails with a white nail paint first. This will also help seal in your nail paint.


nails


Ain't you looking like a boss lady already?


GIFs: Giphy, Hession Hairdressing, WiffleGif


Featured Image: Shutterstock


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Published on Sep 13, 2018
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