Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Long Lasting, Chip Free Mani Tutorial

Before we get started I have to say that I am by no means a professional at doing manicures. To be honest, up until a few months ago I could have been named the worlds worst person at applying nail polish. I was fed up with painting my nails! It seemed like such a waste of time to apply the polish, then wait for it to dry, just so they could chip the next day (heck sometimes even the day of!!!)

After envying other's nails and collecting different tips and tricks, I've finally found what works for me. Hopefully these steps will work for you too!
1. Remove all old nail polish
2. File nails to desired length and shape. Visit my Pinterest board for different types of nail shapes.
3.Lightly buff the surface of each nail with a nail file. Remove leftover particles on the surface of your nail with a quick swipe of nail polish remover.
4.Apply your first thin coat of nail polish. I'm using Essie's Bachelorette Bash. (Tip: to make your mani really last longer make sure you're 'capping' the edges of each nail with excess nail polish)
5.Let coat fully dry.
6.Repeat step four and five. I usually do three coats of polish followed by a top coat.
7.Apply a top coat to seal your mani and add shine. Remember to 'cap' the edge of each nail with the top  coat for extra protection.
8.Let top coat fully dry. 
And there you have it! These days my mani is lasting a full week chip free! That's saying a lot for a gal who's hard on her hands. Give it a try and let me know how long your mani lasts!

Additional thoughts and tips:

I haven't included the use of a base coat because I've never used one myself. 

Find a nail polish brand that works good for you. I've found that Essie works best for me.

Clean the rim of your nail polish bottle each time you use it so that your polish lasts longer, and doesn't get goopy the next time! 

When touching up, I use a fine paint brush and polish remover to get rid of anything left on the skin around the nails

Do you have other tips that work for you? I'd love to hear them! 


  1. I like your tip of using a paintbrush to touch up. I always just used a Q-tip, which as you can imagine can be tricky. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Angela! Oh yes! Using Q-tips can definitely be tricky. I'm glad you found something out of this post to help you out :) Thanks so much for commenting!

  2. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick


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