How I get nail polish to last…
Since I stopped biting/picking at my nails about 3 months ago, I started to research tips for making nail polish last longer. Lucky for me (and my clients), Color Street’s 100% Nail Polish Strips last up to 14 days and they include a base coat, color/nail art coat, and a top coat. These are some of the other tips that I have found helpful:
1. Do not soak your nails before applying polish.
Soaking causes your cuticles to retain water and expand temporarily. After a while, the cuticles will shrink and your polish will not look as neat. Using a cuticle oil for prep is recommended.
2. Avoid getting polish on your cuticles.
When polish gets on the cuticles, it can cause the paint to lift from the nail (which leads to chipping). Using an orange stick and cuticle oil to help push back the cuticle will help keep the polish off of the cuticle.
3. File your nails into a shape similar to the shape of your cuticle.
Filing your nails to match your cuticle will make them less likely to break.
4. Clean your hands and wipe down your nails with an alcohol prep pad before applying polish.
Using the alcohol prep pad will help remove any remaining dirt, polish, or natural oils from the nail bed.
5. Avoid using hand sanitizer after a manicure, which dries out your nails and ruins the topcoat.
Using a mild soap is a much better option.
6. If your nail polish starts to chip at the tip, file the tip down and seal with a topcoat.
7. Apply nail oil daily.
The less moisture your nails have, the more likely they are to dry out and split. Please wait 30 minutes after doing your nails to use lotions/oils if you’ve just applied Color Street nail strips.
8. Wear gloves when cleaning or doing the dishes.
Hot water and chemicals are two of the fastest ways to ruin a manicure.