- 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.
- 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.