I always start by prepping my nails before I paint them. After all, what’s better than giving yourself a mini manicure? I normally trim my nails to the shape I want them to be using a nail clipper. I then use a nail file to smooth off the edges. After, I like to use my 4-Way Nail Buffer to buff the top of my nails to even out the surface of my nails. Adding this step will make your nail polish adhere better to your nails.
Prime Your Nails
People always seem surprised when I ask them “Do you use a base coat?”. This is one of the most essential steps, as it provides a smooth layer for your nail polish to go onto. I like to use the Barry M All-in-One Base & Topcoat, which I have used religiously for years.
Choose A High-Quality Nail Lacquer
Picking a good nail lacquer is very important in dictating the longevity of your nail colour. The difference between nail polish and nail lacquer, is that lacquer is thicker than polish. It is therefore, more durable and chip-resistant in comparison to nail polish.
This is why I choose to use nail lacquers from All That Jazz. They have recently released the Caribbean Collection, which features bold, summery colours. I have never used such good quality nail lacquer in my life! My favourite colour from the collection has to be ‘Jamaican Me Crazy’, just because I love pink shades. It also dries quickly as well, which is great if you have a limited time to paint your nails.
You Wouldn’t Go Out In The Rain Without A Coat On!
You wouldn’t go outside in the pouring rain without a coat on. So, why would you finish painting your nails with a colour and leave it at that?! I always apply a top coat after I finish painting the colour on my nails. This is my secret to how I stop my nail colour from chipping off in one or two days. My all-time favourite top coat has to be the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat. It may be a little more expensive than other ones you can buy off the high street, but no other topcoat will compare to this one! It’s my holy grail, and stops my nails from smudging after I paint them, because it helps your nails to dry quickly. Once they’re dry, you can get on with the rest of your day, and you don’t have to fear them smudging. You’ll have to try the product to really appreciate it!
With using all my tips above and a great quality nail lacquer like the ones from All That Jazz, your nails could last up to one or two weeks. So, if you want presentable nails without the salon cost, just follow all of the steps and you’ll soon get people asking… “Do you do your nails yourself?”!