Believe it or not this is one of the easiest posts for you to mimic. I love painting my own nails and the idea of saving $70 each time I got to the nail salon thrills me. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes I do like to treat myself. However, I change my color way too often and would rather have my hair washed each week, with that saved money. Priorities here. This is how I get my nail polish to last more than a week without having it chip and peel.
I’m including the product I use because I do think that there’s something in the ingredients of what I’m using that help make my polish last longer.
*Note: Since I am pregnant I’ll either sit outside and/or in the door frame area to keep the fumes from getting to me.
Steps to how I get my nail polish to last
- Use Up&Up nail polish remover to remove any polish and grime on your nails.
- Push cuticles and any extra built up cuticles back with a good sturdy nail cleaner. Do not cut your cuticles!
- Buff with a nail sanding block. Try to get the ends and corners around the nail bed. This is how I clean the extra cuticle that I pushed back.
- If there happens to still be any extra cuticle left over after buffing you can cut them, do so here using a cuticle cutter….but don’t cut into them. Only the extra left over.
- Wash hand with an oil free soap. I like to use my dish water soap.
- Put one layer of Essie base coat. I’ve used them all and this Essie one is the best.
- Add two coats of color (my 5 go-to below)
- And the winner that really makes this process last….ESSIES Gel Couture Top Coat for the trophy!! I swear by this stuff. I never go tot the nail salon without it. It’s a miracle how well it works!
Let dry for 15 min and now you’re oh so fresh and so clean, clean.
If you do this, let me know. I’m dying to know how it works for you. I clean the dishes once or twice a day. I’ll end up changing my color before it starts to chip. If you have more oily hands, then make sure you are really taking advantage of the buffing part. This helps cut back the oil.
Any time I’ve tried to use other similar product my nails tend to chip or crack way too soon. So I’m a firm believer in what I’ve linked here for you. If you need to cut your nails then that is actually the first step I take. I don’t file but you can if you want. Being that I’m pregnant I have to do this each time before I change my polish.