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The How-To Lounge: Making Your Manicure Last

A nice manicure makes me feel fresh and composed again, and I try to treat myself twice a month, barring any unexpected cash straits. It's good to sit still and be pampered, and I like to people watch without interruption for that half hour.

But a manicure doesn't look spectacular for long, and chipped nails or funky cuticles are a pain. I try to make my color last as long as possible, and I've found a few tips that really do make a difference.

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  • Keep your nails short. The longer the nail, the more likely the chipping.
  • Care for your cuticles. If you don't like to cut them, at least keep them pushed back.
  • Use cuticle cream, especially in winter. We hate hangnails.
  • Before you apply a base coat, clean your nails with nail polish remover. This will create a clean, oil-free surface.
  • Always apply a base coat. It helps the polish go on smoothly and evenly.
  • Apply thin layers of polish and be sure to brush the free edge of your nail using a horizontal stroke. If your polish is too thick, thin it by adding a small amount of remover to the polish.
  • Let your nails dry for as long as possible, at least twenty minutes.
  • Important hint: applying a top coat everyday will help protect the color and make your manicure last.
  • Use gloves when doing the dishes. For real.

And remember, when your polish chips, even a little, it's time to remove it.

Share any tips you have, too, ok?


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