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How to Make Nail Polish Last Longer on Nails

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to Make Nail Polish Last Longer on Nails

Painted fingernails denote femininity and elegance, while beautifying women's hands. But what usually happens is that a few days after we give ourselves a manicure, the polish begins to flake and our hands don't look as good. What can we do to stop our nail polish from chipping so quickly? Although there is no perfect solution to this problem, at OneHowTo.com we have some tips on how to make nail polish last longer.

You'll need:

  • Nail polish
  • Nail polish remover
  • Protective base
  • Transparent varnish

Steps to follow:


The first thing to do before painting your nails is to wash your hands carefully, paying special attention to removing any dirt or grime from your nails. By doing this, the polish will stick to the nail better and last longer.

How to Make Nail Polish Last Longer on Nails - Step 1

To keep the hands looking clean for longer, apply a transparent base before the polish so the colour stays better and so your nails are protected from the nail polish pigments that could stain your nails.

How to Make Nail Polish Last Longer on Nails - Step 2

One reason the enamel will flake easily is a failure to apply it correctly, so paint your nails from the base to the tip with vertical movements. Don't do this more than once in the same place and apply only what's necessary to avoid lumps. After the first layer dries, you can add a second one to achieve the desired colour.

If you find a chipped or loose end, make sure you get rid of all the layers of paint with a cotton swab and nail varnish remover. In this way you'll avoid any lumps and will even the layer.

How to Make Nail Polish Last Longer on Nails - Step 3

The nail polish should be in good condition; if you see that your nail polish is starting to dry out, you can use special products, which will return it to its normal consistency. But if you do not have a dilusor, a homemade trick is to heat the bottle of polish in water for a few minutes to get its normal texture back and make it last longer. If you want more tricks, take a look at our article What to do if Nail Polish dries.


The last step in your manicure should be applying varnish, a transparent glaze that will bring light to your hands and further protect your nail colour. Apply a thin layer and let it dry well. During the time you devote to painting your nails, stay away from any activities that can damage them before they're dry and prevent you from having a great result.

A trick to make nail polish last longer is by wiping it with vinegar, learn how to do it!

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  • Be patient when it comes to painting your nails for a good result and to make them last longer.
  • Use a file before applying any nail polish but shape your nails in a similar way to your cuticule.
  • Use nail oil every day to avoid your nails from drying out.
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