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Friday Find: How to Make Nail Polish Last Longer with Just One Easy Fool Proof Trick from the Pros

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My go to fall nail color: burgundy on a short squared off nail. Read below to find out how to make nail polish last longer.

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The One Easy Trick on How to Make Nail Polish Last Longer

Do you ever have those slap-myself-on-the-forehead DUH moments when one of your friends tells you something and you go “Why didn’t I think of that?” That’s exactly how I felt when my friend Sabrina told me this simple and easy beauty trick all the nail professionals (the good ones at least) do to make nail polish last longer. So here it is:

Don’t just paint the top of your nail.

You MUST paint the vertical edge of the nail.

I’m talking about the part that you cut with the nail cutter.

This one little super duper easy trick seals the nail polish coating and prevents chipping.

Think about it. Second day chipping is a result of going about your daily activities and the vertical edge of your nail touching things.


So it makes sense that when you paint the vertical edge of your nail and it is a part of your overall manicure, your nail polish will last longer.

So next time you do your at home manicure, make sure your base coat, main nail polish color, and your top coat make it to the vertical edge of your nail. You should even make a concerted effort to paint it left to right, side to side to make sure you get it.

Some more tricks on how to make nail polish last longer

For at home manicures:

Here’s the topcoat I’m loving right now.

For professional manicures:

If you’re getting a professional shellac manicure and want your nail polish to last (mine lasts about a month!) make sure you find a manicurist who uses some kind of electric nail drill when cleaning out and filing down the cuticles. It makes all the difference in your gel manicure not lifting up towards the back when it grows out.

And lastly, here are the nail colors I’m loving for fall:

Did you know about the vertical edge trick for how to make nail polish last longer? Please tell me I’m not the last to get the memo!


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