Post # 1
My SO has told me that the proposal could be any time from now until April 2018, which is quite the large window of time — but I don’t have time or money to go to the nail salon every 2 weeks for the next 13 months in anticipation! I know my nails don’t need to be nice for him to propose, of course, but I’d like them to be more presentable in the very least since I know I’ll want to look at my hand constantly and feel pretty and take photos and show people my ring and all that good stuff following the proposal. I have a bad habit of picking at hang nails so my fingers often look truly awful, and I know I need to cut that out too… But I am at a loss for how to maintain home manicures for longer, since my nails typically seem to chip within hours of me painting them! I’m not particularly rough on my hands either, though my nails are naturally quite thin.
I love shellac manicures, and they last such a long time, but like I said — no money or time. I’d really like a way to paint my nails at home so that they look nice and last a long time without chips so that a) I don’t have to repaint them constantly and b) because I work in professional environments where chipped nail polish is frowned upon.
Any suggestions of base coats, top coats, or nail polish brands that make home manicures last ~10-14 days without chips? Also, if you have any suggestions for colours that are both professional and pretty (and photogenic wouldn’t hurt, ha!), I’d love to hear those too 🙂
Post # 2
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
- 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
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
Paint the front edge of your nail too, that helps reduce chipping.
Post # 6
Great suggestions everyone, thanks 🙂 I might invest in a home UV lamp, that’s a good idea. I just got the Seche Vite top coat and some OPI polish, so I’m going to do a trial run this week to see how long it’ll last… I’m hoping for at least 7, but it might take some practice.
Thank you all!
Post # 7
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
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
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.