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How to Make Your Manicure Last

Learn how to make your manicure last from nail artist Simcha Whitehill aka Miss Pop in this Howcast nail tutorial.


So there are few key ways to make your manicure last longer, especially when you spent all that time getting fabulous with nail art. It's important to use a couple key products. Base coat, number one, I can't stress this enough. It's clear in the bottle. You think it's useless, but I'm telling you, it is the most important step you can take.

Not only does it protect your nail from staining, so you can go crazy with color, and that's the best part with nail art. But you also want to create a barrier for the polish to adhere to. So it actually holds the polish. It makes your manicure last longer and then in addition, it helps the color pop. So it's just a great very important step to take to make your mani last longer.

Another key is top coat. You want to use a good, solid top coat. After you protect your manicure with a top coat, there is one important step, do not shower for the rest of the day. Shower before, please shower before. Then hot water is basically, nail polish's natural born enemy.

Washing dishes without gloves is a total no-no, and make sure the water isn't too hot. You don't want boiling hot water, just warm water. Otherwise, you'll notice at the edge of your nail, your polish will start to shrink away. So yeah, so definitely use gloves when you do the dishes, and when you take a shower, and you're running your fingers through your hair, make sure the water isn't like too hot or keep it brief, because that's how you chip really quickly.

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