I had a question from the lovely @sincealwaysxo on Twitter about peeling/chipping nail varnish and decided that a blog would be easier than writing a 10-part tweet reply on the subject!
Firstly, the most basic way to prevent chips/peeling polish is to make sure you are painting your nails properly. If you aren’t wrapping your nails then they will chip a lot easier. I wrap my nails everytime I do a manicure and it means the manicure can last up to a week (with careful treatment!).
Here’s a quick tutorial on nail wrapping, in case you’re unfamiliar with it.
- Apply base coat
- Do one coat of your chosen nail polish
- Get a small amount of polish on your brush and paint along the end edge of your nail as shown below:
- Go slightly over the polish on the upper side so it’s fully covering the top millimetre of your painted nail. This is what gives the tip its name - ’wrapping’
- Try not to get any on the underside of the nail as it looks very messy
- Do your final coat of polish
- Finish with top coat, remembering to cover the end edge with top coat as well
Et voila! Done! The perfect manicure.
Some other tips for preventing chipping and peeling:
- Any residue on the nails will stop the base coat/varnish bonding to your nails. This could be moisturiser, make-up, natural oils from your hands or face, handwash…anything. Make sure that you go over your nails with nail polish remover before a manicure, even if you had no polish on.
- A good top coat is essential to prevent chipping or peeling. I use ORLY Sec ‘n’ Dry as it’s a deep-drying top coat that also makes my mani last. If you have the money it’s worth investing in Seche Vite topcoat which is widely regarded as the best around.
- Re-applying your top coat every day can prolong your manicure, if you have time.
- Sometimes you can do the best manicure in the world but peeling/weak nails can ruin it anyway. Have a look at my previous post on nail care to ensure your nails are in the best condition before you start: http://talonted.tumblr.com/post/11431740919/nail-staining
I hope these tips were helpful,