Give Yourself A Manicure That Lasts
Follow these five steps and you’ll be flashing chip-free tips for at least a week.
apply a thin layer of base coat, a slightly tacky formula that anchors polish to the nail plate so it stays put.
2 Next, stroke on two coats of colour. Before painting, wipe the brush against the inner rim of the bottle. Less is more when it comes to lacquer—globs of polish can lead to air bubbles and dents.
keep your painting hand steady, rest the side of your pinkie on a table. Then paint on colour in three strokes (first the middle, then sides) so cuticles stay clean.
the second coat, bookend the polish around the tip to help prevent chips. Hold the brush vertically, then sweep the side across the nail’s edge to tint it with a thin, even coat.
on a top coat to seal and add shine. Then hold each hand under a blowdryer for two minutes on the warm setting and three minutes on cool (for a tough-asnails finish). THE PRO:
Dana Caruso, Sally Hansen celeb manicurist
THE PREP: Wipe each nail with a cotton ball soaked in polish remover. It will dissolve any lingering old colour as well as oils that can prevent new polish from sticking.
Poorna Jagannathan nails her look with eyecatching tips Sally Hansen XTreme Wear
Polish in Caribbean Coral, ` 695 Maybelline New York Express Finish Color, in Plum Intense,