Comstock Images/Getty ImagesRead on for tricks on how to nix nicks, and keep your perfect polish job for a week and a half!
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If you go to a salon, consider bringing your own bottle of polish. Nail salons notoriously add thinners to extend the life of old enamel, which can change the color and cause bubbling and peeling, says Jane Park, creator of Julep Nail Parlors in Seattle.
2. Dehydrate the Nail
"If there is residue [moisturizer, oil, water, etc.] on your nails, it will prevent polish from adhering," says Essie Weingarten, founder of Essie Cosmetics. Before polishing, wipe nails with lint-free cotton pads and an acetone-based cleanser.
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3. Seal the "Free" Edge
"The base coat, nail polish, and top coat should be applied across the free edge - that is, the part of the nail that's been clipped or filed," Park says. This quick trick alone can help double the life of your mani, protecting your nails from water damage that will cause polish to chip.