Friday, 3 August 2012
Five tips for making your nail varnish last longer
I am really in to nail vanish at the moment, and this is my latest obsession - Deco Tart by Essie. It is such a gorgeous bright colour! I absolutely hate how it looks when my nail polish starts to chip and go all cruddy and gross though, and I feel like half the time I am forced to remove my nail polish after 24 hours or so because it just doesn't look nice any more.
I have tried everything to find the solution to neat nails, and these are my top tips.
1. Remove all old nail varnish and wash your hands thouroughly with soap and water before painting. The grease and dirt on them stops your polish sticking properly. Of any of these tips this is the one that has made the most difference for me.
2. Use a good top coat and base. Mine is from BarryM and it does perfectly well, so I don't think it needs to be expensive - but for ages I didn't bother with a top coat and my nails definitely chipped faster without it.
3. Leave your nails to dry properly. I get so impatient when waiting for my nails to dry - I am always trying to use my phone or computer when my nails are drying and end up smudging them, or on one terrible occaision getting blue nail varnish on my favourite shirt. Not cool!
4. Use a good quality polish. I do think in general you get what you pay for, although there are some exceptions, including BarryM which I love and is super cheap. Essie is £7.99 in Boots/Superdrug which is definitely the upper end of what I'd probably pay for a nail polish, but it has amazing staying power compared to my super cheapie polishes. I've never tried anything really high end though, so I'd love to know your thoughts if you have?
5. Keep your nails short, but no biting! I bite my nails terribly - I always have, but it is so horrible for them, I really am trying to stop! I'm partly hoping by wearing nail polish more it will stop me biting as I don't want to ruin my nails!
Do you have any tips for long lasting nail polish? My tip 6 was persuade someone else to do the washing up to save your hands - but I don't think that's one I'll actually get away with!