Don't let cooking sabotage your mani game. Here are some tricks to keep your nail paint from chipping:
1. Prep your nails well by cleaning them, removing any traces of old nail polish, filing, buffing and then start on a fresh, clean surface. Wash your hands very well before you start painting because any excess oil can prevent polish from adhering to your nails, which can lead to chipping. Be sure to clean under your nails as well because bacteria tends to infest those nooks.
2. A basecoat is a must to get chip-proof nails. Since it’s the tip of your nails that are most prone to chipping, paint two basecoat layers: Paint the first layer of your basecoat polish on the top half portion of your nails only. Wait for it to dry. Then, paint a second coat of polish, but this time cover the entire nail as you normally would. This technique will help the polish on the tips of your nails last longer.
3. Apply a top coat every day or every alternate day to ensure that your manicure stays chip-resistant.
4. Dry your nails well. Give a two to three minutes break between coats as well. Finally, fill a bowl with ice and water, and soak your nails for a few minutes after painting them. The cold water will set the paint and help your nails dry faster.
5. Apply cooking oil to each nail and wipe off the excess nail paint. This helps seal the polish so that it won’t chip, plus vegetable and/or olive oil is good for your cuticles. If all else fails, wear gloves while cooking.
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