(Closed) How to make home manicures last longer?

posted 4 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
1932 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

10-14 days without chipping is not going to happen with regular polish. It’s just not. Shellac, MAYBE, but that all depends on how rough you are on your hands.

I’d invest in a UV or LED lamp, personally. They don’t have to be expensive (50-100) should do the trick.

If you’re set on polish however, I suggest using the Seche Vite top coat. I’ve never found a base coat that speaks to me, though so no recommendations there. Make sure you cap your nail and don’t have the polish go completely to the sides. THere should be a mico space… That’s what prevents lifting. 

ALso, olive oil! I use a Q-tip with olive oil at least once a day and it keeps the cuticle fresh and the mani last longer. 

Post # 3
922 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Vineyard on Long Island

I’ve never had any combo of base, color, top coat last more than 4-5 days with regular nail polish.

I got one of those gel polish kits at cvs and practiced for a few months with the gel nail polish (theres a starter kit that came with a baby pink color so it was great for ring pics hehe).  After a few weeks of practicing, I’ve finally gotten my at home gel manis to last the full 2 weeks they promise before starting to peel.  The secret was using super thin coats, and only two, and trusting that that’s enough color.  Hope that helps…

Post # 4
289 posts
Helper bee

Lol I had the same issue! First world problems haha. I swear by seche vite’s top coat. Also I find OPI and China Glaze nail polishes last the longest for me. 

Post # 5
7426 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

Paint the front edge of your nail too, that helps reduce chipping.

Post # 7
22 posts
  • Wedding: June 2018

Do a quick swipe of acetone nail polish remover immediately before applying your base coat. 


Do a second top coat a few days after the manicure. 

Post # 8
54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

I’ve found that Nailtiques Formula 2 is a really good base/top coat, which you can buy at Ulta. Also I take biotin to help my nails grow and not break as easily. 

Post # 9
10 posts
  • Wedding: May 2018

I read somewhere that running a cotton pad/ball with vinegar on it over your nails before you paint them helps. I use an Essie base coat after that, 2-3 (THIN) coats of polish, and then a top coat. When I’m in a hurry I use Julep’s top coat, otherwise I use Essie’s No Chips Ahead. After two or so days, I apply another coat of the top coat and I can manage to get at least 5 days out of my manicure. 

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