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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Manicure malfunctions? Tips for no chips!

Tired of chipped nail polish the day after you brush on your favorite summer hue? We all are! Avoid the messy touch ups and unsightly chipped polish by following the steps below.  Make your manicure last!

Skip the soak

Soapy water may feel nice, but it can undermine a manicure. “Nails can actually absorb a lot of water, which changes their shape,” says manicurist Tom Bachik. “Later, when it evaporates, the shape changes back. This stresses the polish, making it prone to chipping.”

Dry out

Undetectable oil on your nail beds can keep the basecoat from sticking well, says manicurist Ji Baek, causing premature chipping. Isopropyl alcohol or acetone polish remover will strip away oil. Another greasy culprit: polish removers with conditioners like vitamin E oil or lanolin. “These can get left behind and prevent proper polish adhesion,” Bachik says. Stick with a plain acetone remover. (We like Cutex Regular Nail Polish Remover Pads.)

Don’t multitask

A two-in-one top- and basecoat may seem like a money saver, but separate products yield far better results. “Topcoats and basecoats are engineered to do such different things,” Bachik explains. “A basecoat works like double-stick tape, attaching well to both the nail bed and the color. A topcoat sticks well only to polish. But it has a much harder density, which makes it more protective.” 

Put your nails on ice

Manicurist Josephine Allen of the Samuel Shriqui Salon in New York City asks her clients to dip their freshly polished fingers in a bowl of ice water to speed up drying time of both the surface and underlayers of polish. At home, submerge your nails for as long as you can tolerate it; repeat three times. 

Wait it out

“You need to sit still for 25 minutes before polish is set,” says Baek. 

Top it off

Apply an extra layer of topcoat four hours after getting a manicure, says Allen. “One topcoat is never enough.” Swipe on yet another layer of topcoat no less than twice a week. 

If all else fails, fake it

These insider tricks can postpone—not prevent—the inevitable. When chips happen, says manicurist Jin Soon Choi, owner of Jin Soon Natural Hand and Foot Spas in New York City, dab a finger in polish remover and smooth it over the area to blur the edges. Dot a bit of polish onto the spot, then apply topcoat over the entire nail.

Hope these tips help keep your polish protected! What is you favorite nail product?

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