make your manicure last 10 days
Nail Care

Make Your Manicure Last 10 Days ~ Tips and Tricks from a Polish Lover

You have your manicure so well done with your favorite polish and all exited to have it on for days.  But it’s make your manicure last 10 dayshighly disappointing when you notice that your manicure doesn’t last long enough and ruins the excitement. Being a polish lover I have experienced it most of the times. So, here I have some easy tips and tricks to make your manicure last for a good 10 days.

  • Buff your nails

Buffing your nail surface will help you in getting rid of the ridges and any peeling or dead skin. Use a 4 Step Nail Buffer to make the surface smooth and clear. This will make your manicure stay a lot longer.

  • Clean excess oil from your nails

Nails have natural oil on it and it may result in chipping or peeling of your manicure. Take a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a cotton pad and wipe your nails before applying any polish. This will remove excess oil or any residue and make your nails clean and dry!

  • Do not Soak your nails prior to Polish Application

Always paint your nails when its dry. Salon manicure mostly involves soaking the nails before polish application. Nails expands by absorbing moisture and shrinks after it dries. It will cause peeling from the edges. So if you go to salon, tell your manicurist to paint your nails after it is fully dry.

  • Push down the excess cuticle

Pushing down the grown cuticle using a cuticle pusher is a must to do step before applying nail polish. So never ignore grown cuticles if you want to make your manicure to stay longer. Applying polish over grown cuticles will lift up the polish soon resulting in chipping. I strongly suggest never cut grown cuticles. Pushing it to the nail root would be a very good practice.

  • Apply Base Coat

You do not want to skip this step. I can not emphasize more how important is to use base coat before painting your nails. Some people think this is just an extra step but it is highly recommended to apply base coat before any polish. Base coat acts as a primer for nails. The way you use makeup primer to make your make-up last all day, Base Coat serves the same purpose for nails.

  • Seal your Manicure with Top Coat

Applying a layer of long lasting good quality Top Coat Polish will add to the longevity of your manicure. I normally apply top coat in every few days to make my manicure last longer.

  • Seal your free edges

It is the free edges of your nail, where your polish starts peel or chip. Always seal your free edges with each step of polish application to really wrap your nails in your favorite polish. This step will add some extra life to the manicure.

  • Wear Gloves while Doing Dishes

Dish washing detergents can be really harsh for your hand and nails. If you do your dishes with bare hands, it will make your manicure wear off soon. Always try to wear gloves while doing dishes.

Hope you like these simple tips to make your manicure last longer. If you have any questions or concerns,  leave them in the comment box below. I would be really happy to help you out.



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  1. Thanks Demi, Great information. Who knew that cuticle should be pushed to the nail bed instead of cutting and that soaking was not the best thing to do before polishing? Thanks for the information.

    1. Thank you Della.

  2. Great tips, thanks. Base and top coat information is new for me. Will try that

    1. base and top coats are very important and integral part of nail design. Hope you start using it now on 🙂

  3. Sheena says:

    Great tips!
    I always wore gloves until I got a dishwasher!! (This girls best friend :P)
    I’ve been teaching my daughter how to paint her nails, she loves to buff them and polish them every couple of days. It can be difficult for her to sit through the top coat though lol, but she is 4 years old.

    1. I’m totally agree with you on the dishwasher 🙂 I’m imagining your lil daughter paintin her nails. It feels really cute. Wishing her all the best 🙂

  4. Very good advice. I never knew that buffing would make such a big difference! My nails are naturally very ridge-y, but I would try to balance it out with a heavier base coat, two thin layers of polish, and a top coat. They’d feel nice and smooth when I was done, so I had no idea it made such a difference.

    I’m so upset that my new job doesn’t allow nail polish. I had a different kitchen job beforehand, and my polish would chip within a day or two (I would “refresh” it with a dab at the ends, haha). Now, I can have none at all. I still put on clear nail polish, just so they’re shiny and look healthy. :p I’m waiting for my vacation to get a stellar manicure~!

    1. Sad to know that you can’t wear polish at your new job. Wish you get your vacation soon 🙂

  5. Hey Demi,
    I have a question. Do you recommend using the same polish for your base and top coat. Or should I use different products? I really like your instructions here. I have never really paid much attention to base coat before, but the last time I did my nails I used a base coat and the color polish dried faster and lasted longer than it ever has before. So now I am sold on base coat!!

    1. Hi Heather, Though base and top coats looks similar, actually they are different in nature and formula. Base coat is a thicker polish and it adds strength for the nail polish to stick. Whereas top coat is a thinner and clear formula. It protects the polish from chipping. I will not suggest you to use same polish to use as top and base coat.

  6. This is great advice…..if I wore polish. 🙂 I am going to share this link with my daughters! It was interesting, some of the tips, like removing the oils, are the same things you have to do when painting a car! 🙂



    1. Its really interesting that you relate nail polish with car painting. Never thought of that 🙂

  7. hi Demi
    I love my manicures! But they would not last at all in the past. Like literally the next day I would have a chip. So I would always ask for a pale color so the chip would not show. I have since turned to shellac, which, in my experience, does not chip. I think I have tried most of those tips (although I will admit that I cut my cuticles….) but nothing seemed to work for me. so shellac it is!

    1. HI Emily, Sad to know that these tips didn’t help you. Looks like I got homework for do more research on this topic and add.

  8. That’s true, my girlfriend always uses gloves to do the dishes because it will “Hurt her nails” LOL! Great post, I haven’t actually USED nail polish in a while but I’m sure one day I might for a video or something!
    Matt TheDopestMatrix

    1. he he, thanks Matt for the visit and comment 🙂

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