Don’t you just hate it when you are leaving the nail salon and your fingernail polish chips on the way home? Or the very next day when you’re at an event and can’t fix them? Well here are some simple and easy solutions. The biggest one is Essie’s No Chips Ahead Chip Free Top Coat, $8 at Macy’s.
•When you are about to paint your nails, make sure your nails aren’t covered in any oils (hand/cuticle creams) pre-manicure. The polish will adhere better to the nail if there isn’t any preexisting residue.
• When you get your nails painted, ask if your manicurist can add a quick layer to just the tips of the nails first (almost like a French manicure tip), then paint the whole nail like normal. Adding an extra layer of polish there means that, ultimately, the tips will actually have three coats and all the more protection.
• Glitter Polish. These polishes are so hard to remove, let alone chip. Those sparkles aren’t going anywhere because of just how well they bond to the nail.
• Use separate top and base coats, never a two-in-one. Do two-in-one products (like shampoo+conditioner) ever work?
• My very favorite top coat is Essie’s No Chips Ahead Chip Free Top Coat, which promises ten days of chip-free-ness. This allows my manicure to last a good 7 days without chipping.