Last week I decided to do something a little different for the Thanksgiving holiday. I am constantly polishing my nails because after 2-3 days, they chip. The one thing that I miss the most about acrylic is that I could keep a good looking manicure for at least two weeks – chip free.
After browsing the web for tips & tricks, I settle on the common solution of layering! These steps have given me the best 6-7 day results:
* Two layers of a base coat
* One layer of color
* Layer of top coat
* Second layer of color
* Final layer of top coat
I know it probably seems like a lot (it did to me at first) but I’d rather put a little more time into the polishing up front, rather than having to waste time redoing them all after 2 days because of chipping.
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri 22 Jumpin’ Jade
Sinful Colors 947 Mint Apple
Wet n’ Wild Shine 460D Kaleidoscope
Sally Hansen No Chip Acrylic Top Coat
Revlon Multi Care Base + Top Coat 965 (not pictured)
Sinful Colors 902 Basecoat (not pictured)
With this look, I decided to get a little festive with my ring fingers by combining a couple colors and adding a touch of sparkle. I think it turned out very cute! I have to admit that I didn’t get a full week’s wear because I did them in a rush and skipped the second coat of polish all together. But I can say that I was still able to get a good 4 solid days of no chipping…which is way more than I’ve ever experienced while not having them done by a professional.
So next time you sit down to do your nails, give this method a try and let me know how it works out for you!