TIPPED FOR THE TOP

Elle (Canada) - - Beauty -

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.

DRY RUN

“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.

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