Friday, 3 August 2012

Five tips for making your nail varnish last longer

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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!

29 comments:

Cara said...

I'm so bad for letting my nail varnish get to that chipped stage and not doing anything about it! I'll definetly give these tips a go!
Cara x
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Aimee said...

My problem is that my nails are just rubbish. They're a bit flaky, so my actual nails chip before my polish does :(

PinkBow said...

i like your last tip best of all
:-) i use a 45 second top coat (can't remember the brand) and as well as helping them dry faster it also gives a very glossy finish and helps them last longer. that would be my tip!

helen at thelovecatsINC said...

great post, so many great tips!


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helen at thelovecatsINC said...

great post, so many great tips!


from helen at www.thelovecatsinc.com // @thelovecatsinc

helen at thelovecatsINC said...

great post, so many great tips!


from helen at www.thelovecatsinc.com // @thelovecatsinc

Katie Frank said...

very good tips! definitely, i'm going to try it.
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Hazzelnut said...

Never thought of the first one! I love painting my nails but mine chip so easy, will definitely need to test out these tips :)

LilyLipstick said...

I love this shade. Essie polishes are so worth the money, mine last for a good 5 days without chipping. I always give my nails a quick swipe with nail polish remover even if I'm not wearing any polish before applying - it definitely makes a difference. x

shipshapeandbristolfashion said...

As soon as I saw the title of this post I knew I had to read it! I think my biggest downfall is not using a top coat or base coat, then wondering why my polish chips two days later...

My Hideaway said...

The nail polish that lasts the longest for me is OPI. I always use a top coat. But inevitably, my nails do still chip after several days because I use my hands a lot. You can reapply your top coat every few days to make it last longer. I usually only do this if I'm going somewhere fancy though and know I won't have time to repaint my nails beforehand...that is, when I bother to paint them at all (I've been very lazy with my beauty routine this summer). Also a quick dry top coat is a life saver when you can't sit around forever waiting for your nails to dry.

vogue-sky said...

Love all the pics, fabulous style.

Maria Fallon said...

I definitely need to invest in a top coat as I always ruin my nails with typing at work!

Maria xxx

Peacock's Hat said...

My worst problem is applying the nail varnish too thickly and then you smudge it :( I normally wait until I have a good long drama on the telly to watch, normally Poirot or something like that, and try and do two thinnish coats instead of one blobby one. Also, Seche Vite has saved my life somewhat, but my bottle has lots of little flecks of old varnish in now which doesn't look very nice!

Helen said...

I just had my nails done in a salon where it's meant to last for 3 weeks without chipping, but they basically just took all the natural shine away from my nails by filing the actual main bit of the nail so they were all rough - I dread to think what they'll be like when I eventually take the nail varnish off! :-S xxxx

Winnie said...

I totally agree with all your points. I've always used base coat/top coat and they make all the difference. I usually have my nails one colour for about a week and it's usually in great condition still when I take them off. I keep mine short, use no7 base (using those £5 boots vouchers, so they're super cheap) use any old nail polish (I actually find expensive brands like Chanel really not worth the money - they chip easily even with a topcoat) and my favourite topcoat is Sally Hansen's Mega Shine. It's brilliantly glossy and extends nail colour life for longer!

Agnes Deer said...

Haha, I always try to do stuff when I'm letting my nails dry, basically writing on the computer. I love Essie's colors, there are thousands of them, but at the moment I think they're quite expensive. I use nail varnish from Kiko Milano which is real cheap and good quality :) Great post, loved it!

Siânicles said...

I am also obsessed with nail varnish, so this was a great post! I recently got my nails painted for a photo shoot with NARS polish and I was so excited as I thought it would last forever...literally a couple of hours later it was already chipped! Two coats, but no top or base coat so maybe that's why, but perhaps expensive isn't necessarily better! xx

Georgia Rose said...

Oh man, I had actually completely given up on nail polish because mine always chips off within a day or two. I will have to try again, taking heed of this advice.

İpek said...

I refresh the varnish with a single top coat after it's been a few days after I put it on. I don't like having 6 layers of varnish on my nails but an extra coat of color definitely fixes small damages and it looks much better for a few days longer! x

Chiara said...

I'm with you on this one. I paint my nails every couple of days as can't bare the chipped look. I've tried pretty muh every polish on the market and I think the one that lasts the best is Rococco. It is £12 a bottle, but it doesn't chip for days x

Maria V @CrashingRed said...

First of all, adore this shade!
as for the tips - I'd say you covered it all and yes, great top and base coat is a must. To avoid some house work may also help :)

Have a lovely day!
xx
Maria
p.s. Just found your blog and really enjoyed it. Will be back soon for more!

SabinePsynopsis said...

What a great shade! I'm so rubbish with nail varnish (for the exact reasons you described) that I'm very tempted to give up... I use a base coat, but perhaps adding the top coat will make the difference. My friend gets 'gel nails' and swears on it. xoxo

Clara Turbay said...

I always find here ideas to inspire me and tips to look better.

little henry lee said...

it seems so obvious but i've never made an effort to really clean my hands properly before putting on nail polish, but the fact that you said it's made a big difference for you means i'll definitely give it a try next time i paint my nails and see if it works for me. great tips!

Lianne Whitelaw said...

Thanks for the tips! My nails always seem to chip too early but I am definitely guilty of not waiting for them to dry properly! Love the colour of your Essie polish!
Lianne x
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mybeautifulbay said...

I really need to listen to these tips!

I bite my nails all the time and it is such an awful habit, however I have found that painting them does stop me as I don't want to ruin them when they do look nice!

3smallapples said...

I've probably spent about 10 years of my life (if you add it all up..!! Not in one go!) painting my nails. I've always preferred the look of varnished nails.

A good tip for a salon look mani is to use Seche Vite top coat. It's the quick, drying, super shiny stuff they use in salons and it's amazing! It's about £8 in Boots, so not the cheapest but so good!

And as for high end nail varnishes like Chanel, they're just not worth it... I'd rather have 2 Essie colours to 1 Chanel... Chanel chips like crazy.

xx

Chloe Likes To Talk said...

I should definitely take more care washing my hands after removing old nail polish and applying a new one- I bet it will make no end of difference, my other tip for helping polish last longer in the bottle rather than on your nails- if you have a favourite or v expensive polish (I have one or two by OPI which I love but MAN they are pricey)is to put a coloured base coat- I have a beautiful green that is super dark, so instead of using 2 coats of green, I use a cheaper plain black polish and then a coat of my (super expensive, dare not waste a smidge) OPI polish. The same can work with an inexpensive white polish and paler colours.