5 Tips for preventing the dreaded nail chip

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It’s always nice to have your nails looking their best but when you’ve paid good money to get a proper file and paint, or you’ve spent ages doing a DIY job at home, there’s nothing worse than your polish chipping in the first few hours and having to hide that one annoying nail from the world. However there are a few tips and tricks in the industry that will help you ensure your polish will last and here are five we reckon are worth a try.

  • Use a cotton bud to wipe down your nails with white vinegar before applying basecoat. We hear this removes any product buildup or natural oils already sitting on your nail beds that could create a barrier between the polish and your nail. Once your nails dry, apply basecoat. And then see if you notice a difference.
  • Change how you file your nails. File your nails into a shape that mirrors your cuticle’s, which makes them less likely to break.
  • Apply two coats of basecoat to the tips of your nails. Nail tips are more prone to chipping – from all the typing and texting we do in our daily lives. Apply another layer of basecoat to the top half of your nails for extra polish resilience.
  • Instead of shaking your polish up and down, roll it between your hands to prevent air bubbles. If you paint air bubbles onto your nails, they tend to chip faster.
  • Reapply a layer of clear topcoat every two to three days to prevent chipping and enhance shine.