Protecting Your Manicure From Chipping


protecting your manicure from chipping
Here are some easy steps to best protect your fresh manicure from chipping.


I hate going through all the trouble of painting your nails with that basecoat, topping with two coats of gorgeous polish, and then sealing your work in with a final topcoat only to still chip a short time following that manicure.  However, I have a few easy tricks that really help keep your manicure from chipping and staying intact for a longer period.

What I am about to share doesn’t involve buying any new product.  Instead, you continue doing your manicure in the same way as I described above. The only thing you need to change is your technique when you are applying that topcoat.

Before you are ready to lock that bottle of topcoat away, take the brush and hold it parallel to the tip of the nail and paint some topcoat just a bit under the nail.  This extra bit of reinforcement does wonders in strengthening the protection of the topcoat.

Just try this and be amazed at what a simple change makes in keeping your manicure intact longer!

Another useful nail care tip to preserve the integrity of a fresh manicure is to avoid taking a bath or shower soon after polishing your fingernails or toenails.  The reason this can shorten the life of your nail polish is because the heat of the water swells up the nail bed.  As it expands, the nail polish stretches as well.  This stretching effect results in cracks and peeling of the lacquer.  The best rule to remember when painting your nails is get your bath or shower prior to the manicure.  Otherwise, you should wait a few hours after polishing them before settling into the shower or tub.   The more time that you completely allow your nails to dry, the longer your manicure can last.

Something else that speeds along nail drying to prevent chances at chipping is using cold water to speed up the final drying process.  Take a bowl of very cold water and dunk your nails in helps.  Don’t try this immediately after polishing, but in that in between stage when nearly dry.

You also might want to read my post of how to prolong your manicure from chipping while on vacation.



  1. Robin Wilson
    June 23, 2014 / 4:01 am

    Thanks so much for the "tip"!!! I'll try it next time for sure!

  2. Mary B. (Nuts4Stuff)
    June 23, 2014 / 12:27 pm

    I'm glad to help!

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