I’ve always been one of those women who loves having perfectly polished nails. There is something about it that makes you feel a bit more glamorous, don’t you think? But with busy lives, jobs, and families, making it to the nail salon for a weekly mani is just not a reality. I’ve tried countless products and techniques promising that salon-perfect look, but I’ve only come across a few that actually come through.
Good news….I’m happy to share those very best products (and tips) with you – so you can achieve the perfect at home manicure.
1. Always remove the oil from your nails before polishing.
Even if you currently are rocking bare nails, this is a crucial step to prep your nail for polish. I regularly use OPI’s BondAid and LOVE it. It only takes moments to apply since you just swipe it on – no need for precision! For a quick fix, acetone nail polish will also clean your nails before polishing.
2. Base coat.
I used to skip this step just for time’s sake, but then my polishe would be chipped by the end of the day. Take the extra five minutes to apply and let it dry. Your mani will last so much longer. My favorite is Orly Bonder Base Coat. Once applied, it creates a rubber-like layer to your nail!
3. Double up those coats with a quality polish.
Again, this is another step that I would skip when short on time. But, I was always left disappointed when my manicure was chipped within 24 hours. When it comes to polish, I’ve found that quality does count too. Lately, I’ve been loving Julep polishes, but I’m also fond of OPI, Essie, and have heard great things about Sally Hansen’s Gel Polish.
4. Top Coat. And repeat!
Seal up your mani with a great top coat, focusing on your tips. I always apply from nail bed to the tip and add an extra horizontal swipes across the tips to prevent chipping. If you really want the color to last, be sure to repeat your top coat every other day.
It may sound like a lengthy process, but once you get into the swing of it, you’ll be enjoying chip-free manis on the cheap!
What are your favorite at-home tips?