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 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! 



  1. December 31, 2011 / 04:30

    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. Anonymous
    August 19, 2012 / 18:32

    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. August 21, 2012 / 06:28

    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. October 28, 2013 / 12:56

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

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