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How to Make Your Manicure Last Longer

Cracked, chipped polish looks bad. Learn how to make your manicure last longer.


  • Step 1: Get a good base coat Get a good base coat when you're getting your fingernails manicured. A high-quality base coat will hold polish as well as promote healthy nails.
  • Step 2: Buff instead of polish Have your nails buffed instead of painted. You won't have to touch up any scratches or chips. If you prefer color, be sure to use no-chip polish.
  • Step 3: Keep nails short Maintain short nails. Long fingernails are more prone to chipping and breaking.
  • Step 4: Apply top coat Apply top coat to your nails every few days. This will protect your polish from chipping.
  • Step 5: Avoid soaking Avoid prolonged soaking. Water can lift away polish, so wear gloves when you wash dishes.
  • TIP: Don't spend too much time soaking in the bath or shower.
  • Step 6: Apply moisturizer Use moisturizer that contains vitamin B and aloe. Massage the moisturizer into your cuticles to keep them hydrated.
  • Step 7: Don't use nails as tools Avoid using your nails to pry things or twist screws. Using your nails this way invites cracks and chips.
  • FACT: Did you know? The blood vessels underneath the nail make them look pink.

You Will Need

  • Base coat
  • No-chip polish
  • Top coat
  • Gloves
  • Moisturizer

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