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3 Easy Hacks to Make Your At-Home Manicure Last Longer

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Have you ever taken the time to sit down and paint your nails, only to have them looking chipped and raggedy a few days later? Sometimes, you don’t want to have to head to the salon to get the perfect mani, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to get a lasting, quality manicure at home. In order to make your manicure last, here are a few tips to remember before picking up a bottle of nail polish.

Jin Soon Choi, editorial manicurist and founder of JINSoon shared some easy ways to keep your mani in great condition with MindBodyGreen.

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Start with a clean base

Whether you’re a fan of cuticle oil or you always slather your hands in hydrating lotion, Choi recommends making sure your nail beds aren’t greasy before applying any polish. This isn’t to say you should leave your hands and nails dry and cracked, but simply make sure to clean and dry your nails before putting on that first coat.

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Invest in a clean nail polish

We know that there are a number of high-quality, nontoxic nail polishes on the market, and it’s time you picked one up instead of reaching for a cheap one that might contain icky ingredients like formaldehyde. These clean polishes often contain hydrating ingredients, which contribute to better nail health, ensuring that your manicure won’t crack due to drying out — which can happen if your polish contains ingredients like camphor.

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Yes, you’ll need to do touch-ups

Even after you’ve applied that top coat, your manicure maintenance isn’t finished just yet. As Choi explains: “Apply a top coat three days later to freshen the nail polish — that will extend the life of your manicure.”


Whether you’ve been thinking about trying out a velvet mani or you’ve been curious about aura nails, now you know how to make your manicure stay looking fresh a little bit longer.

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