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How to Prevent Nail Polish From Chipping

4 Clever Ways to Disguise and Prevent Chipped Nails

Hopefully you've read up on how you can fix chipped nail polish, but just how can you prevent those darn chips in the first place? While no polish is 100 percent chip-free, there are a few tricks you can employ to make your lacquer look prettier longer. To see some ways to disguise and prevent pesky nicks, notches, and dents in your manicure, just read on.

To Prevent:

  • Lighten up: If you start with a lighter-colored polish, chips will be less noticeable in the first place.
  • The tip-off: Another way to prevent the problem before it starts is to finish off your manicure by painting a horizontal "stripe" across the top of the nail. This will strengthen the polish and help to keep chips at bay.
  • Sandwich it: It's probably obvious, but a base and topcoat under and over your polish will make your manicure last longer. That means fewer chips for you.

To Disguise:

  • Snap, crackle, glitter-on-top: Disguise the flaw with a topcoat that has a unique kind of finish. Trendy crackle or glitter effects are the perfect way to go, allowing you to cover up a botched polish job in an instant.
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