How do you keep your manicure looking nice all week?

sweetpea12 sweetpea12
I paint my nails about twice a week, and I use only OPI nail polish. But no matter what my nails always chip after two days. What do you do to keep your manicure looking fresh??
04/22/2013
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indiglo indiglo
I don't always keeps my nails looking nice, but when I do, I have a system I always go through - and it helps.

I rub a good lotion into my nail beds and cuticles for 5 minutes or so, and then wipe it off with a wash cloth. Sometimes I'll even rub a cuticle oil into my cuticles first, then it all gets wiped off.

For some reason moisturizing first seems to help a LOT. I picked that tip up somewhere years ago, and I always do it now.

Then, I put a very thin coat of polish on. I let it dry completely and then put on another.

My throughout the week technique is to put on another thin coat of polish every couple of days. Since I usually use lighter colors, the chips don't show terribly, and it's much easier to fill them in with another coat of polish.

If you're going to be doing something hard on your manicure (doing dishes by hand, mopping by hand, scrubbing a bathtub or animal cage, etc.) it's best to wear gloves. Kind of icky, I know, but being submerged in water is really hard on your manicure.
04/22/2013
lana-fantasy lana-fantasy
Agreed
04/22/2013
wetone123 wetone123
Quote:
Originally posted by indiglo
I don't always keeps my nails looking nice, but when I do, I have a system I always go through - and it helps.

I rub a good lotion into my nail beds and cuticles for 5 minutes or so, and then wipe it off with a wash cloth. Sometimes ... More
Great advice! Thanks for your info!
04/23/2013
tequilafish tequilafish
I don't even bother to do manicures or paint my nails. I'm lucky if it lasts more than 24 hours. Because of my job and being an art student I'm always using my hands, and it destroys whatever polish I had on.
04/23/2013
KinkyKatieJames KinkyKatieJames
I love painting my nails, but like yours, mine chip! I ready somewhere to apply top coat every 2 days to keep it fresh, but that never helped me. I always have my toenails painted though and have never had a problem there.
04/23/2013
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