Natural Remedy to Make Nail Polish Last Longer

Use simple home remedies to make your nail polish last.

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Under certain circumstances, it can seem as if there is nothing worse than chipped nail polish on your fingertips. To avoid it, heed the proverb "prevention is the best medicine." If you want to extend the life of your manicure, use simple tips and home remedies that will make your polish last. Whether you're a master of manicures or a beauty newbie, you can polish your nails like a pro at home.

Isopropyl Alcohol Wash

Dip nails into an alcohol-soaked cotton ball before painting your nails with polish. By swiping your nail bed with the alcohol, you'll remove any oily residue remaining on your nails, helping the polish adhere longer. Make sure you rinse your fingertips with water before you apply nail lacquer. Next, apply one thin layer of your favorite base coat to your nails. Let the polish dry for two to three minutes before you reapply polish.

Ice Cubes & Cuticle Oil

Set your polish color by dipping your fingertips in a small bowl filled with four or five ice cubes and cold water. To speed up the nail drying time and extend the life of your manicure, dunk your freshly polished nails in the icy water. After the dip in the cool water, let your nail polish continue drying for at least 15 minutes. Coat your nails with two to three drops of cuticle oil to moisturize your nail beds and prevent the pretty polish color from chipping.

White Vinegar and Cotton Balls

Skip the soapy water and clean your nails with a few cotton balls soaked in white vinegar. Because undetectable oil on your nail bed will keep the base coat from sticking to nails, the vinegar-soaked cotton balls will remove any natural oils that will cause your polish to chip. To remove the strong vinegar smell, dip your fingers in water to remove any vinegar residue remaining on your nails.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Warm Water

While white vinegar can remove oils from the nail bed easily, its strong smell may linger on your cuticles after you polish your nails. But you don't have to abandon this effective home remedy; instead, dilute the vinegar! Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 1 equal part of warm water in a small bowl. Dip your fingertips in the bowl for at least 10 seconds. Wipe the solution off your nails with a towel or a cotton ball before applying a base coat.

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