From unsightly smudges to botched cuticles, there’s plenty of room for error when it comes to bringing out the best in your nails. A joint effort between your base coat, top coat, shaping and trimming implements, and colour of choice, you obviously hope that the finished result will be nothing short of spectacular. But wait, is that a chip? #TotalDisaster!
We’ve all gone through it: after spending an hour or so painting and polishing our nails, getting things just right, we look down and see a chip that’s more like a canyon in our eyes. It’s always frustrating when this happens, so check out these simple tricks to prevent chips from occurring in your at-home manicure ever again.
1: Always start with clean nails
as this will remove any product build-up or natural oils on your nail beds that could create a barrier between the polish. Ideally, you should wipe each nail with a cotton pad soaked in remover to cleanse it, then apply a layer of base coat for long-lasting colour. If you want to give your nails a fresh start, choosing a professional-quality gel remover is key.
2: Seal the tip of your nail
as this will help the polish to stick stronger, making it less likely to chip. It’s not too big a deal if you’ve never done this before; just be sure to get into the habit now for the best results. After painting the whole nail bed, rub some polish across the tip to cap off, and hey presto, you’re fully prepped.
3: Keep in mind that shimmery gels chip less
The little pieces of glitter help polish cling to your nails and form a chip-resistant finish, as well as producing a durable shine. Our shooting stars pattern is perfect for providing anyone with amazing style – not to mention incredible chip-free tips.
4: Apply thin layers, not thick coats
Spreading your polish in thick layers means it won’t dry on to the nail properly; you can expect a chip to appear soon afterwards, we promise you that. Thinner coats minimise chipping, have a lower smudge risk, and there’s less chance of bubbles brewing on your nails if drying them takes longer than usual. And don’t worry if the first layer is streaky; this can be covered up with your second attempt.
5: Stay away from the shower straight after painting your nails
Hot water makes the nail beds expand, and polish strips away much more easily with heat. This causes cracks and can make your polish chip when the nail beds return to their normal size. Don’t be tempted to paint your nails immediately after a bath or shower either as the water will ruin the polish completely.
Looking after your at-home manicure means a good deal of dedication and time. And with our helpful advice, you’ll soon be able to forget all about chipped nails haunting you ever again. Also, we don’t want to brag, but every single gel polish in the mylee range is resistant to chips! Just another thing about our products that makes them extra special (and essential to your beauty regime).
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