6 Simple Hacks to Make Nail Polish Last Longer

by ImGirlYouDontKnow
6 Materials
25 Minutes

It really is possible to keep your manicure looking great for 7 or more days! Follow this tutorial to learn some tips, tricks, and hacks for making your nail polish last longer and keep it from chipping. You probably won’t need anything that you don’t already have in your manicure box.

Tools and materials:

  • Base coat
  • Top coat
  • Nail polish
  • Cuticle pusher (optional)
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Nail cuticle oil
How to make your nail polish last longer

1. Prepare your nails & apply polish correctly

If you have oily nail beds, start by wiping over them with some rubbing alcohol. It will remove the natural oils, allowing your nail polish to better adhere to your nails. Push back your cuticles using a cuticle pusher.

Apply a base coat to your nails making sure to get it around the tips of your nails as well. Apply your favorite nail polish. Let it dry and apply a top coat.

Applying a top coat of nail polish

2. Reapply the top coat

Reapply a topcoat on your nails every two days. This will keep them looking freshly polished!

Wearing rubber gloves to protect nails

3. Protect your nails

Always wear gloves when you are washing dishes or doing anything that is rough on your hands or nails.

Applying nail cuticle oil

4. Take care of your cuticles

Apply nail cuticle oil to your nails every single day. It helps protect your manicure and also keeps your cuticles moisturized.

To learn how to make your own nail oil, read my tutorial on DIY Cuticle Oil for Nail Growth - My Secret Recipe.

Picking at nail polish

5. Don’t pick at your polish! 

This one is obvious, but bears repeating!

Scraping a sticker off with a nail

6. Don’t use your nails as tools

Need to scrape a sticker off of something? Use a tool, not your nails! You get the point. Pay attention to how often you automatically think of your nails as a go-to tool.

Hacks to make nail polish last longer

Hacks to make nail polish last longer

Follow these manicure maintenance tips, and you will be able to keep your nail polish from chipping, make your nail polish last much longer, and have a freshly manicured look all week!

Leave a comment to let us know which tip you thought was the best!  

Suggested materials:
  • Base coat
  • Top coat
  • Nail polish
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  • Grandmasue10 Grandmasue10 on Sep 22, 2021

    After years of using top coat as a base coat, I finally realized there is a difference. Base coat makes the manicure last longer. When getting your nails done in a salon, watch what they do, and try to do it at home. They generally roughen up your nails so the polish stays put. Be careful not to over do this part.

  • Barbara Barbara on Jun 21, 2022

    Yes I will! Definitely great tips!!