Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Perfect No Chip At Home Manicure

You guys - I am H O R R I B L E at keeping up my nails when I paint them myself.  Like, I used to be happy if I could go two days without a chip. And of course I'd love to be able to go get a manicure at the salon every week, but let's be real, that is not going to happen.  Because of this I didn't paint my nails very often - why would I when they were going to chip the next day?! That was until *dromroll please* I figured out this method!
When my brother and his girlfriend were home for Christmas, she bought a ton of nail polish (They live on an island so she can't exactly go down the street for a manicure). So I tested out some of the colors she got and purchased some of her recommendations.  My manicure lasts 5-7 days with this, which is unheard of for me!

What You'll Need:

Orly Nail Bonder Nail Treatment - This basecoat is a must.  I used to think basecoats were optional but this one really helps the nail polish not chip.

Essie Nail Polish - It doesn't have to be Essie, but I love their colors and think they have really good quality polishes.  The color I used is called Make Some Noise from the Summer 2015 Neons Collection but it is sold out :(

Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Nail Coat - I'm pretty sure I'm the last person to try this but it's a game changer!

Nail Polish Remover - Any brand will do.

1. Start by going over your nails with nail polish remover.  Even if you don't have any polish on, this gets rid of excess oils so the polish will stick.

2. Once nails are completely dry from remover, paint a thin coat of the Orly basecoat onto the nails.  Make sure nails are completely dry before moving on to the next step.  I like to wait at least 10 minutes.

3. Start with a thin coat of your color.  Let dry in between and continue with the necessary amount of coats.  I usually do 2-3 depending on the consistency of the polish.

4. Finish with a coat of Seche Vite Top Coat and you're good to go!

Important Tip!
It's important that all coats of polish are thin, and that you let them dry completely before starting the next coat.  This keeps the polish from being sticky in between coats and is really what makes the difference. Sometimes I wait an hour between coats or even do my base coat and first coat of color at night, then do the rest in the morning.  I know that's a little extreme and it doesn't usually work out that way, but it really helps!

This post is not sponsored by any of these products, but doesn't include affiliate links.


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