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21 Nail Polish Hacks To Make Your Manicure Last Until The End Of Time

Polish that won't quit.

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1. Rub nail polish remover on your nails even if they don't have polish on them.

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Any excess oil on your nails will prevent the polish from sticking can can result in quick chipping. And let's face it: We're not about that life.

2. And if you're out of nail polish remover and your nails are bare, quickly dip them in a mixture of water and white vinegar.

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You can also just wipe your nails with a vinegar-soaked paper towel to remove any excess oil that can sabotage your mani.

3. Lightly buff your nails to smooth bumps so that the polish will lay flat.

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Even small dips and dents in your nails can warp the polish and cause cracking. Give them a light buff to even them out.

4. Keep your nails at or below the tips of your fingers.

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That is, if you dare part with those back-scratchers. Longer nails take the brunt of our everyday activities (like scratching that damn mosquito bite or texting your bestie). Shorter nails mean less drama and a longer-lasting mani.

5. Paint two basecoat layers: one on the top half of your nail and the second coat over the entire nail.

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This will help keep the polish on the tips of your nails from chipping.

10. If your nail polish is B3F, make sure your base coat and top coat are, too.

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B3F stands for “Free from Formaldehyde, DBP & Toluene,” a standard which many new nail polishes have adopted. If you’ve ever woken up the morning after a manicure with some serious nail smudges, this could be the culprit. If the top coat isnt B3F, it will dry much faster than the polish underneath, which can lead to inconsistencies.

11. After you layer on your polish, don't wait too long to apply your top coat.

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The top coat works better if it's applied on wet nail polish because it seeps through the polish, allowing it to blend well with the color.

13. Also, if you go to a salon, consider bringing your own bottle of polish.

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Nail salons are notorious for adding thinners to extend the life of old polish, which can cause chipping and peeling.

14. If you need a mani to last, avoid matte polish.

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Maybe you're going to a destination wedding or on a vacation where Instagram pics are EVERYTHING— know that matte polish tends to chip faster than creme versions. But if the Lord has moved you to go matte, opt for matte topcoat like essie's Matte About You Finisher ($8.49).

15. If the air is humid, wait extra long for your nails to dry.

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Humidity can seriously mess up your nail game. If it’s extra humid outside, make sure you wait twice as long before doing anything that might put dents in your nails. Also, pop your polish in the fridge for about 30 minutes before you paint for a smoother application without bubbling.

16. If you're out of quick-dry polish or spray, you can spritz nails with PAM oil spray to set your manicure and prevent smudges.

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Hold the can a few inches away, and spray your nails evenly. Wait a few minutes, and then wash the oily residue off your hands.

17. But don't soak your nails in ice water!

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Soaking your nails can lead to water absorption, which expands the natural shape of the nail and can cause cracking once nails are dried, according to beauty blog Fashionara.

18. And you should avoid washing your hands in hot water for at least 12 hours.

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Even though your nails might feel dry to the touch, your polish can take up to 12 hours to fully harden. Heat can interfere with the "curing" process, which will result in smudging and cracking. Just be sure to wash your hands in cold water instead of hot.

20. If your nails start to chip, draw designs over cracked areas with a gel pen (like the kind from the office supply store).

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Reddit Laqueristas swear by the Muji .38 gel pen for precise designs. But the gel ink takes some time to dry, so wait a good 30 minutes before adding the topcoat.

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