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How to give yourself a manicure that lasts

There are three possible reasons that your manicure isn't lasting:
1. Your nails were wet/dirty before polish application
2. Your nails are dry and brittle
3. You do not seal the edge of your nail with polish

There are a bunch of different ways to ensure that your manicure will last.
Before you paint your nails, it is imperative to give them a really good wash with soap and water. You want to scrub your nail beds, above and below, in order to remove any dirt that will prevent the polish from sealing over them. After washing your hands you need to dry them thoroughly. I do not mean a quick wipe off with paper towel. You should dry every milometer of your nails with a paper towel and let them dry for at least two minutes before application. A trick that manicurists use is to put a small amount of polish removed on each nail. For some reason, this sucks every last bit of moisture our of the nail.

There are many reasons people get dry or brittle nails. It could be genetics, nutrition or even your hobbies. For example, ballet dancers tend to have very soft, dry brittle nails because of the constant pressure put on their toes. The best way to deal with this is to apply cuticle oil to the entire area of your unpolished nail bed, not just the cuticle, every day for a week. Some of the oil will sink in and nourish your nails. I like to use "Solar Oil" by CND.

Most people make the mistake of not swiping the tip/side of the nails when adding layers of polish. By making sure to include the tip/side in your first and final coats, you are much likely to seal the polish shut. Without doing this, dirt and moisture can easily get between the polish and your nail and cause a chip.

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