Want to know some tips on how to make your nail polish last longer? If so, you will want to continue reading to learn more about these 4 tips to keep nail polish from chipping: applying top coat while your polish is wet, allowing proper drying time, dipping your nails in ice cold water and avoiding activities that could damage your nails.

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Applying Top Coat While your Polish is Wet
This one was a surprise! Did you know that top coat is most effective when applied to wet polish? Applying top coat to wet nail polish allows the top coat to penetrate through the polish, helping everything bond to the nail bed. Source: PrettyGossip

Allowing Proper Drying Time
This is where I always mess up because I tend to be impatient with nail drying times. Whenever I move around before my nails are dry, I always smudge them.
Nails need about 45 minutes drying time before you handle objects, like your keys or your shoelaces. Once dry time is over, submerge nails in cold water then apply lotion. This allows for a slippery surface until nails are completely dry.
For pedicures, wrap toes in plastic wrap if you’re wearing shoes other than flip-flops or sandals. Source: Beauty.About

Dipping your Nails in Ice Cold Water
I learned this trick to help nails dry faster when I was researching for my 10 Beauty Secrets Every Woman Should Know post, and I was amazed at how well it works. But that’s not the only trick out there. Be sure to check out these 5 simple ways to dry nail polish faster over on Prevention for more ideas! Source: MerakiLane

Avoiding Activities that Could Damage your Nails
If you can’t avoid an activity that you know might damage your nails, protect them if you can. For example, if you need to wash dishes, be sure to wear dish washing gloves while you do it.
Don’t bite your nails. Biting your nails will destroy your nail polish immediately. While it’s hard to break the habit of biting your nails, if you don’t you won’t have a beautiful coat of nail polish for long.
Apply touch-ups to any small chips that occur. The spots where you apply small bits of polish to fill in any chips will not be as smooth or pretty as the rest of your polish, but they will help preserve the rest of your nail polish from chipping off.
This is basically a last ditch effort to save your manicure. If you can, when a coat of polish starts chipping off, simply take it off with remover and start over.  Source: wikiHow

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