Tips For Maintaining Nail Polish

Sometimes nail polish tends to chip or fade, and that makes us frustrated, and we have to keep spending money to get our nails fixed. Here are some useful tips to maintain the polish.

Use Cotton To Wipe Nails Before Applying Base Coat

Use a swab to wipe down your nails with white vinegar before applying the base coat. This removes any product build-up or natural oils on your nail beds that could potentially create a barrier between the nail polish. Once your nails dry, apply the base coat.

Avoid Soaking Nails Before Painting

Most manicurists do this to soften the cuticles but what that does instead is that it causes the nails to retain water and expand. Once the nails are painted, they shrink, meaning the polish will no longer fit your nails so it would be best if you could ask your manicurist to use cuticle oil instead of the soaking method.

Keep The Nails Short

Unfortunately, if you want to maintain your nail polish for a longer period, then it is advisable to keep the nails short. This is because that means less drama and a longer lasting polish, longer nails take the brunt of our everyday activities such as scratching or texting, and that always tends to have a shorter lasting span as opposed to shorter nails.

Nail Polish, Base Coat, and Top Coat Should Match

A standard that many new polishes have adopted is the use of B3F that stands for Free from Formaldehyde, DBP, and Toluene. Sometimes you can find that you will wake up the morning after with some nail smudges and that could be the culprit. If the top coat is not the same, then it will end up drying much faster than the polish underneath which will lead to inconsistencies.
The top coat works so much better if it is applied to wet nail polish because it seeps through the polish, therefore, allowing it to blend well with the color.

Avoid Matte Polish

What many people do not know is that as much as matte polish looks amazing, it tends to chip faster than any other polish making it last for a shorter period. If you are going for a destination wedding or on a vacation that will require pictures taken, just know that matte nail polish is not advisable, and you would rather use crème polish or gel nail polish as it will last a whole lot longer than matte.