The Best Ways to Stop Nail Polish from Chipping

Nail polishPolishing nails is a fantastic way to express emotion, match any outfit, or just add a bit of fun to your day but chipping polish is far from in fashion. There are plenty of ways to prevent nail polish chips and each is as easy as the next. Chipping polish does not have to ruin a manicure or even get users down. Following any one of the tips discussed here can drastically lower the number of chips in any polish job quickly and effectively.

Base and Top Coats

Base coats and top coats are used by professional salon manicurists for a reason, they help to strengthen both the nail and the polish that is being applied. Using a base coat can make all the difference when it comes to nail polish chipping. Using a base coat can work to make the bed of the nail more susceptible to polish and can help the polish cling better to the nail. This method helps the nails to keep the color longer. A top coat protects the polish from UV rays which make polish brittle and likely to crack and chip. Using a top coat and a base coat can give users a polish job that is both clinging well to the nail bed and that is protected from the elements.

Even Brush Strokes

Piling on the polish to get the most intense color is the best way to get a great manicure for a day or two, but for polish with staying power it is better to use less polish at the tips of the nails than at the base. Using less polish on the tip of the nail makes for a better bond with the nail itself. The more layers that are piled on the more likely the polish is to chip and become brittle. Much like a piece of furniture or a wall, the more layers of paint there are, the more likely the color is to chip. Using even brush strokes but only lightly painting the tips of fingers can really help to extend the life of a polish.

Polish Brands

Polish brand really does make a huge difference in staying power. Those that are a bit higher priced are likely to stay better than those that are cheap or that do not have a primer or a top and base coat built in. Using products that are a bit higher grade can help make any polish last longer. If buying high priced polishes is not your style, try investing in a top and base coat that is a bit higher priced and then use it with lower cost colors to help extend the life of the polish that is being used. A good base and top coat can make even the cheapest polishes last well.

If you are always fascinated by nail art, you should consider taking a nail technician course at our beauty college. Contact us today for more information on the course as well as the admission process.

Frank Trieu
Vice President of Business Development & Industry Relations

Frank Trieu is a cosmetology industry leader, and despite his accomplishments and accolades, he still prioritizes students on the Evergreen campus. Through building relationships within the community and local salons, retail stores, and spas, he helps facilitate job placements for aspiring beauty professionals using his expansive network.

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