(By Chantelle Bester) Making your manicure last is about much more than your paint technique – here’s how to properly prep your nails.
- Buff and file your nails. A smooth nail surface means that your nail polish is less likely to lift and chip. Irregularities in shape and surface not only make your paint job look less professional, it shortens its life span too.
- Dehydrate your nails before you start painting – there should be no trace of moisture or oil on the nail surface when your base coat goes on. Use alcohol swabs or pure acetone as regular nail polish removers are enriched with oils.
- Be patient. Give each coat at least five minutes to dry, otherwise you’ll end up with smudges later.