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5 Tips for a Lasting Manicure

Good Housekeeping offers five great tips for making a manicure last and last.

  • Prep the surface. First, swipe nails with a cotton pad soaked with polish remover. Jin Soon Choi, owner of Jin Soon Natural spas in NYC, says that greasiness from lotion will prevent the polish from adhering well.
  • Choose the Right Base. Since not all polishes are the same, be sure to choose a soft and sticky base coat to help grab color.
  • Pick a Pearly Polish. Try a pearly shade like Essie Pink Diamond for a long-wearing, lady-like hue. These shades are more likely to last thanks to their fine mica particles.
  • Top it Off. Avoid quick-dry top coats and stick to thick, slow drying formulas for lasting shine and longer protection, recommends Jan Arnold, cofounder of CND.
  • Oil Daily. Be sure to rub cuticle oil into nails daily to help keep polish from chipping and nails from peeling, recommends Good Housekeeping.

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