Your finger rings may go dull if you don’t take care of your nail and hands properly. Thus, girls love to do their manicure and nail art from salons. But all the money required for manicure will go in vein if you fail to pull off your nail art correctly. Thus Groove has come up with some ideas to prevent your nails from breaking and your polish from chipping:
The right nail prep
It is always better to prepare a nail and hand care routine before applying nail polish. This keeps your nails in good health and preps them for nail polish. Some salons dip your fingers in water to soften your skin and make the cleaning easier. However, you don't necessarily want to do this at home because it makes the nails absorb water and expand. When you've applied the paint, your nails will shrink and your nail polish won't fit. Opt for cuticle oil instead.
Dry your nails
Once you're done cleaning your nails, don't jump to painting right away. You should make sure that your nails are 100% free from the previous products you've used and oils. This ensures that the polish will hold on better to your nails. You may use acetone or go organic with a swab dipped in vinegar to dehydrate your nails and wait until it's fully dry before you do the next step.
Use a sticky basecoatUsing a good base coat protects your nails from discoloration, while also helps to strengthen your nails (which in turn minimizes breakage). Opt for a sticky base coat because, as the name suggests, nail polish sticks to it better.
Roll instead of shake
We all shake the tiny nail polish jar before we use nail polish and yes, it helps to mix the formula and coat the brush. However, this technique actually creates bubbles in the polish. Instead, roll the bottle between your palms. It's not quite as satisfying as a hearty shake, but it'll be better for you in the long run.
Avoid the cuticles and skin
Nail polish doesn't really stick to your skin, so when you go beyond the nail plate and apply some to your cuticle, you risk peeling off the polish. No one is perfect, and this happens all the time - just be sure to clean it off right away with a nail cleaning brush dipped in acetone to avoid any potential peeling. Trying to keep your polish about a millimeter away from your cuticle can also help.
Apply two thin coats
The longevity of your polish also lies with its application. A golden rule to keep in mind is - when the polish is thicker, it's also easier to peel off. With opaque colors, two thin coats should be enough. If you're using pastel or neon colors, try applying a white nail polish first so that you don't have to apply the deep coats to really make the color pop. Patience is important in this regard. You've got to wait until the previous layer is dry before adding a new one.
Re-apply top coat
Sealing in your nail polish with a top coat isn't just a one-time thing. It's usually the first to fade, so try reapplying it throughout the week. This adds a fresh layer of protection for the paint and also, strengthens the nails. And besides, who doesn't want to keep some shine and glow on their nails? With top coats, opt to use glossy ones that are quick-drying. Stick to glossy finishes if you're trying to make your nail polish last longer.
Apply nail oil
Keeping the skin around your nails healthy is also a key in the longevity of your manicure. Use jojoba oil to moisturize your nails and cuticle so that they don’t easily split or dry. This also helps in making your nails flexible - so when accidents happen, they will just bend and not break.