Make sure nails are super clean- Natural oils on your nails aid in chipping. Even if your nails are polish-free, apply polish remover to get rid of oils on the surface of nails.
Prepare nails with a base coat- Polish will adhere best to nails prepped with a base coat like Here’s a list of great base polishes at every price:
Do not apply the polish too thick- Three to four thin coats of polish rather than two thick coats will last longer, cut down on drying time and cause fewer changes of bubbles brewing on your nails.
Do not forget the tip -When polishing, polish the tip of the nail as well. This helps cut down on nail polish chipping.
Consider a shimmery color-The little particles of sparkle will help polish cling to your nails.
Apply a clear topcoat – A topcoat helps extend the life of your manicure. You can use the base coat as a topcoat. Brush the topcoat on and around the edges of nails as well, it is an extra seal against chipping.
Allow proper drying time -Make sure you give your nails a good 45 minutes drying time before handling objects. Once dry time is over, submerge nails in cold water then apply lotion. This allows for a slippery surface until nails are completely dry. For pedicures, wrap toes in plastic wrap if you are wearing shoes other than flip-flops or sandals.
Keep the topcoat handy -To prolong the life of your manicure, apply a topcoat every other day.