Secrets of resistant manicure: why does nail polish not last long?


The high price of nail polish is not a guarantee that the manicure will not have to be “updated” in a couple of days. Why is the beautiful nail art that you so diligently made chipping off quickly at the tips of the nail plates? There are a number of reasons associated with improper use of varnish and broken manicure technique.

Poor quality nail polish

Poor quality nail polish

It is almost impossible for a person who is not versed in chemistry to correctly “read” the composition of the varnish and understand how high-quality a product is offered by a particular brand. We have to focus only on the reviews of those who have already «tested» the tool. Or look for the “perfect” varnish by trial and error.

In varnishes from the low price category, the proportion of chemicals that provide durability to the composition is small. It is not surprising that the coating does not stay on the nails for a long time — it chips off at the tips or forms cracks, becomes duller.

And if an expensive tool does not pass the “strength” test? Make sure that the expiration date of the beauty product set by the manufacturer has not expired. Even a product with a completely chemical composition can “go bad”. Varnish, which is definitely not suitable for use, delaminates. Even if you shake the tube thoroughly, the pigment will lie unevenly on the nail plates and will begin to chip very quickly.

Lack of base and finish coat on nails

The “correct” nail design is a transparent base, colored varnish, a transparent top. It is this technique that allows you to make a manicure more resistant. If you skip the first or last stage, nail art will not last long.

A layer of base polish evens out the nails, provides a better “adhesion” of the pigment to them. A transparent top «fixes» the manicure, protecting it from mechanical damage.

When choosing base and finishing varnishes, do not skimp. They, like the pigmented coating, must be of high quality.

«Multilayer» manicure

The best way to make a manicure less resistant is to apply 3 coats of colored polish. The design after that may look brighter, but it definitely won’t last long on the nails. Given that you will still use the base and top coat, you will get 5 layers of varnishes. It’s a lot! First, the design will be “decorated” by cracks, and then the coating will begin to peel off the nails.

Look for a color polish that won’t need to be reapplied. Such a tool is more pigmented, therefore it covers the nail plates perfectly evenly without “bald spots”. Thus, it is possible to make the design more “light”, and, accordingly, resistant.

Poor preparation of nails for manicure

Decorative manicure should certainly begin with the preparation of nails. By skipping this stage, you can not hope that the design will “live” for a long time. Even if you take good care of your nails, they still have bumps. And the varnish, which lies on the tubercles and microcracks, quickly peels off. In addition, the coating will not be resistant if you do not first clean the nails from the last manicure and sebum.

Preparing for a manicure is the removal of the cuticle, polishing the nail plates and their degreasing. You can remove the cuticle with forceps, scissors with thin blades or a special remover. Polishing is carried out using buffs of varying degrees of hardness. Degrease the nails with an acetone-containing liquid or a special compound.

Dealing with dry cuticles

A big mistake that girls often make when doing a manicure is working with an unprepared cuticle “dry”. This injures the nail plates at the base, which subsequently leads to a rapid peeling of the varnish in the «problem» areas.

Masters advise pre-softening the skin with warm water, and only then remove or move the cuticle. Make a relaxing hand bath with herbs, sea salt or carrier oils. The procedure will not only make the manicure more durable, but also have a positive effect on the condition of the skin of the hands and nail plates.

Too short nails

Nail art is much worse on short nails if they do not break the fingertips. The «fresh» coating is erased faster due to the fact that in this case the tips of the nail plates are constantly exposed to external mechanical influences.

Short nails are not a reason to refuse color manicure altogether. But for the design to be more resistant, be sure to apply a transparent top on the base coat. Also try to “seal” the end of the nail with it.

Weak, brittle nails

Weak, brittle nails

Weak nails do not “hold” a manicure well. If they exfoliate, then the varnish will peel off along with part of the nail plate. And when the nails bend even from the slightest mechanical impact, the color coating, since it is denser, can completely move away.

To prolong the «life» of a manicure, weak nails must be covered with a base varnish, and the color base must be «sealed» with a finishing one. On sale you can find special products that make the applied manicure more “dense” — ideal for fragile, exfoliating nails.

Not enough time to dry the coating

It is believed that ordinary varnish takes at least 12 hours after application to «grab». Until the coating is completely dry, the nail design is extremely “vulnerable” to mechanical stress.

Painting your nails at night and just before going to work is a bad idea. The manicure will definitely not “live” for a long time — it will be smeared or chipped at the tips of the nail plates. To make nail art, regardless of time, use special tools that, when applied to a colored coating, dry the varnish. These are compositions in the format of varnish or spray.

Negative effects of moisture and chemicals

When the applied color coating is often in contact with water or chemicals, the manicure quickly becomes “unusable”.

To prolong the «life» of your nail design, wash the dishes with gloves. Masters also advise protecting the manicure from cosmetics with a rich chemical composition — for example, from products with SPF filters, perfume and hairspray. Many beauty products contain quite a lot of aggressive chemicals (in particular alcohol), which negatively affect the durability of nail art.


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