Tuesday, November 29, 2011

No-Chip Manicure

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 layeringThese 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


  1. AWESOME! Thanks for sharing. I'm going to try this also. Like you, my polish doesn't even last 2 days normally. The Shellac did work for me, but I'd much rather keep my $$ in my own pockets. :-)

  2. Wow...I have done that for years...just didn't know Sally hansen had a no chip base coat polish....but how do u get the colors to blend with two different colors on one nail...love it...looks like the Deb style

  3. I know I'm late, but I am trying this tomorrow! I have thin, brittle nails and my manicures last 24 hours before chipping. I hope I'm as successful as you've been with this technique! Thanks for a great post :)

  4. I'm going to try this. This is why I don't polish my nails; bc it doesn't ever stay!