I love having freshly manicured nails, but I don’t always have time to head to the salon to get them done.  Plus, I can’t always justify spending the money.  If you are like me, you probably find yourself manicuring and painting your nails at home. 


Check out this list of tips to help your at-home polish last longer:

  1. Nail polish needs some “texture” to adhere to just like any other type of paint.  Buff your nails before painting them with a fine grit finishing block.  This will rough the nail up just enough for the polish to stick to.
  2. Polish won’t stick to oily nails.  Make sure that you remove any lotions, creams or oils before painting your nails.  A swipe of a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol or acetone works perfectly.
  3. Use a basecoat on your nail before adding the polish.  Look for a product that helps bind the polish to the nail.   
  4. Do not soak your nails before painting them,  and if you do, let them dry completely.  Your nails expand when soaked in water.  While this is great for getting your manicure because it softens tough skin and make cuticles easier to deal with, it is not great for your polish.  As the nail shrinks back to size, it causes the polish to crack.  This leads to chipping and peeling. 
  5. Allow your polish to dry for about 10 minutes before applying the next coat.
  6. Finish your manicure off with a top coat of polish.  Many products now offer UV protection to keep your polish from yellowing and help speed up the drying time.
  7. Come back and apply another layer of top coat several hours after your polish is dry.  This adds another layer of protection against chipping.


Do you manicure your nails at home?  Do you have any tips and tricks you would like to share?






  1. These are great tips – thank you!

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