(Closed) Pre-Proposal Nails-How to get at home manicure to stay put?

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Post # 17
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Busy bee

Seche Vite is my religion! 

Post # 18
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

I use Nails Inc basecoat and topcoat, and essie or OPI colors.. my manicures tend to last all week and potentially more if I wear gloves when I do the dishes (I like to change my nail color too often to find out just how long it’d last).  Otherwise, they get 3-5 days before they start to chip a bit.

Post # 19
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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blossom78:  Awesome! Glad they work for you!!

Post # 20
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I use Gelish. I got their starter kit. It is the same brand that many salons use. I got it off Amazon and it is amazing. It does take some time to apply the different coats but they last around 2 weeks before they start peeling. I even did my own nails for my wedding so I could use a specific color. People think I get them done but I dont!  

Post # 21
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

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almostmrsj:  Essie doesn’t stay on me either. Hearing how well it works on others made me start to think I was crazy! 

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Wash your hands with dish soap, clip, buff, remove cuticles, etc, WIPE WITH ALCOHOL, and paint them. I use Jamberry lacquer and it’s awwwwesome, but that method will make any manicure with any polish last longer. Removing your cuticles is super important because polish won’t stick to skin. A lot of women have invisible cuticles that can grow all the way up to about halfway on their nail and all around the sides.

There are better-than-other brands out there, but nail prep is definitely the most important thing of all.

Post # 23
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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almostmrsj:  I have the same problem with Essie. My Wet ‘n’ Wild polish lasts longer.

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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blossom78:  I prefer not having to use extra products if I don’t need to, especially if you HAVE to use them to get a decent wear out of a certain brand of polish. If I can get a full week or two without extra products, I’m good to go, even with the cheap stuff. I have oily nails, so maybe that’s why Essie doesn’t work for me.

Nail prep, nail prep, nail prep.

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I do mine at home with the Gellish brand. It’s a bit pricey up front for the starter kit as a PP mentioned, but so cost effective later. People ask me all the time where I get them done. Just make sure to follow the directions. Mine will last two weeks until they grow out. I just did this color tonight. 

Post # 27
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer\'s Beach, Grand Cayman

I have a gel kit with UV light, it lasts a week for me, probably would last longer if I really was able to get my cuticles pushed back completely. It is fairly damaging though, not quite as much as when done at a salon IMO but still not great.

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