Give Your­self A Manicure That Lasts

Fol­low these five steps and you’ll be flash­ing chip-free tips for at least a week.

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1First,

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.

3To

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.

4After

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.

5Swipe

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,

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