After taking your time to apply your nail polish, making your nails look all pretty, you realize that after a day or two, the nail polish starts chipping and your nails do not look all pretty anymore. But don’t worry, this article is here to give you all the tips and tricks to get your nail polish to last longer.


Before you apply your nail polish, the first thing to do is to file your nails to make them even. Remember to file your nails in only one direction and not back and forth as that makes it uneven.

Dip a cotton ball into white vinegar and use it to clean your nails. This will remove oils and dirt from your nails. You can also use a nail polish remover to do this. Then wait for your nails to completely dry before moving on to the step. Do not apply nail polish to wet nails.

Apply a base coat. This will help grip the nail polish onto the nail.

Apply a thin layer of nail polish. Don’t worry about it being too light. You can always apply more thin coats. The nail polish is likely to chip if you apply a thick layer at once.

Do not wait for the polish to dry before applying a topcoat. Apply the topcoat whiles the nail polish is still wet.

Wait for the nail polish to dry completely before you do anything else. This may take twenty to thirty minutes. If you are in a hurry, you can dip your fingers in cold water. When I say cold water, I mean ice cold. Putting your fingers in cold water makes the polish dry faster. Like in five minutes or less. Take a look at this article from Cote for more nail tips.

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  1. April 17, 2018 / 3:01 pm

    These tips are killer, lady- I always have a problem with my polish chipping!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  2. April 17, 2018 / 9:44 pm

    These are great tips…especially the one about vinegar! I had no idea vinegar effectively cleaned off nails, what a brilliant hack!

  3. April 18, 2018 / 12:53 am

    I must admit that I did not know any of this! Thanks so much for this useful information. I just is my nails and wished I had read this first.

  4. April 18, 2018 / 11:44 am

    Oh I didn’t know you could put a top coat on wet nails – maybe that’s why I’m sitting here typing this with chipped polish, haha!

    Thanks for sharing your tips 🙂

    Hope you are having a lovely week so far. We have some cooler weather at last so it’s starting to feel a little more like autumn 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

  5. April 18, 2018 / 9:05 pm

    Girl you just made my life easier, I never knew about the vinegar tip, thanks for that. My nails are breaking and are very brittle now. I hope you have more tips coming. Thanks!

  6. April 19, 2018 / 4:26 am

    I really need to try these tips! Nail polish needs to last longer – it chips too fast!

  7. January 18, 2019 / 3:57 pm

    Really nice tips. Thanks for sharing.

  8. February 26, 2019 / 1:36 am

    My manicures only last a day or two so I love these tips! I didn’t know you should apply the top coat to wet nails! I’ll make sure I do that!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

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