How to Keep Nail Polish from Chipping: Expert Tips for Long-Lasting Manicures

How to Keep Nail Polish from Chipping: Expert Tips for Long-Lasting Manicures

By Suzanne Roberta-Meyer, MBA

Adesse New York

Tired of spending time and money sitting in a nail salon, only to have your nails chip the very next day? Well, no more...Learn how to achieve a flawless, long-lasting manicure with my proven, expert tips and techniques to keep your nail polish from chipping.

Proper preparation and application are key to extending the life of your manicure, so you can enjoy beautiful nails for an extended period. From prepping your nails to applying thin layers and using protective measures, I've got you covered. Follow these easy steps to maintain professional, salon-quality manicures at home.

Tip #1: Prep your Nails for a Chip-Free Manicure

Ensure your nails are clean and free from oils or moisturizers before applying the base coat. Use a non-acetone nail polish remover to wipe each nail and create a clean surface for the polish to adhere to. Avoid filing wet nails as they are prone to damage and peeling. Opt for a high-quality glass nail file such as the Adesse New York Crystal Nail File Duo to prevent peeling, flaking, and breakage. Apply thin layers of polish, including a base coat, two coats of color, and a top coat. Allow sufficient drying time between each layer to prevent chipping.

Adesse New York Crystal Nail File Duo

Tip #2: Wash Hands Before Applying Polish

To optimize the longevity of your manicure, remember to wash your hands before applying polish. This step removes natural oils from your nails that can hinder polish adhesion. Swipe your nails with polish remover before applying the base coat, and then wash your hands with soap and water to eliminate any remaining film or oil residue. Thoroughly cleaning and prepping your nails will significantly enhance the durability of your at-home manicure.


Tip #3: File Nails with Care

While filing nails in one direction was once considered essential, recent studies have shown that the filing motion does not significantly impact the condition of the nail plate. Instead, focus on choosing a nail file with a suitable grit such as the Crystal Nail File Duo Set to prevent excessive damage. Personal preference and comfort should guide your choice of filing method. Buff your nails gently to create a smooth surface that promotes long-lasting polish adherence.

Tip #4: Use Cuticle Treatment for Smooth Nails

Incorporate cuticle treatments into your nail care routine to remove dead skin and maintain chip-free polish. Apply a high-quality cuticle treatment such as Adesse's Sweet Almond Cuticle Oil and use an orange-wood stick to gently push back the cuticles. This process not only removes cuticles but also exfoliates dead skin cells, reducing the risk of chipped polish. Follow up with a hydrating product to keep your cuticles soft and moisturized.

Tip #5: Apply a High-Quality Base Coat

Applying a high-quality base coat is essential for preventing chipping and maintaining a fresh manicure. Base coat protects your nails from stains, fills ridges, and strengthens them. Invest in a nourishing base coat that provides a solid foundation for your nail polish, ensuring its longevity and durability. Starting each manicure with a base coat enhances the overall health of your nails and nail beds. To smooth imperfections and ridges while giving nails a smooth, flawless canvas to polish on, I recommend our CC Smoothing Base Coat. 

Adesse New York CC Smoothing Base Coat

Tip #6: Keep Nails Oil-Free Before Applying Polish

Maintaining oil-free nails is crucial for a long-lasting manicure. Thoroughly wash your hands, paying special attention to your nails, to remove any dirt or oils. Completely dry your hands before proceeding. Swipe your nails with a gentle nail polish remover to eliminate residue or oils, ensuring proper adhesion of the nail polish. Apply your base coat and color in thin, even layers, allowing each coat to dry fully before proceeding to the next step. 

Tip #7: Apply Thin Layers of Polish

Applying thin layers of polish is a foolproof technique to prevent chipping and achieve a smooth, even finish. Start with a high-quality base coat to protect your nails and follow up with two thin coats of your chosen nail color, allowing ample drying time between each layer. Avoid rushing the process and give each layer enough time to dry completely. Finish your manicure with a top coat that seals in the color and provides an extra layer of protection against chipping.

Adesse New York Manicure Summer 2023

Tip #8: Seal the Tips of Your Nails

To prolong the life of your manicure, consider sealing the tips of your nails. Chipping often starts at the tips where your nails come into contact with various surfaces. Applying base coat, a thin coat of both your chosen polish and a top coat to the edges of your nails creates a protective barrier that prevents chipping and enhances the longevity of your manicure. Notice how your nail color stays intact for longer periods when you seal the tips. To give your nails the optimal, chip free manicure, we recommend our Multi-Tasking Base & Top Coat Duo. 

Adesse New York Multi-Tasking Base & Top Coat Duo

Tip #9: Use a Top Coat for Extra Protection

Applying a top coat is a fantastic way to protect your nail polish from chipping and extend its lifespan. A high-quality top coat, such as our Diamond Shine Top Coat acts as a protective barrier, ensuring that the color stays vibrant and chip-free. It also adds an extra layer of shine, giving your manicure a polished, professional look. Be sure to apply the top coat evenly around the edges and tips of your nails, focusing on areas prone to wear and tear. Reapply the top coat every few days for optimal performance. Once dry, finish with a layer of Sweet Almond Cuticle Oil for added nourishment and hydration. 

Tip #10: Avoid Dipping Hands in Hot Water

To maintain your manicure's integrity, it's essential to avoid exposing your nails to hot water. High temperatures and moisture can cause the layers of nail polish to separate and chip. Opt for lukewarm or cold water when washing your hands instead. Additionally, use protective gloves when washing dishes, cleaning or performing other tasks that involve your hands to minimize the risk of chipping. Consider applying a top coat every few days to protect the color and shine of your polish.

Adesse New York Wash Hands in Cool Water

By following my expert tips and techniques, you can achieve beautiful, chip-free manicures that last longer. From proper nail preparation to the application of thin layers and the use of protective measures, these strategies will help you maintain salon-quality results at home. Enjoy flawless, long-lasting nails with these simple yet effective tips to keep your nail polish from chipping.

Want to learn more about caring for your nails, check out all of our blogs for more tips, hacks and techniques to get your strongest, healthiest, most beautiful nails. 

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