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KEEP YOUR COOL
Avoid applying your polish outside in full sunlight or in a very hot room. Heat can stop it from drying evenly or cause it to form bubbles on the surface of your nail.
MAKE IT GEL
It’s the Energizer Bunny of polish. To keep summery nudes and pinks from looking scuzzy as you near the 14-day mark, use a nude, rather than clear, base coat, suggests Rorong. When it’s time to remove the gel, don’t give in to the temptation to peel it off, which will only weaken nails. Instead, buff nails with the coarse side of a file before soaking in acetone. “This essentially removes the top layer of the gel and lets the acetone soak in faster,” says Rorong.
“Waterless manicures are definitely something you want to adopt,” advises Naomi Misu from Tips Nail Bar in Toronto. “When nails absorb water, they expand and won’t return to their natural strength for up to 24 hours.” She recommends keeping nails away from water as much as possible and using gloves when doing activities like washing dishes.