I think I've finally overcome the infamous nail polish chipping. I've tried what seems like 100 different base coats and top coats all finding that they suck, pretty much. So I changed my method of manicuring. I normally would throw on a fast dry top coat just thinking of convenience since I paint my nails every two days or so but one night I actually did my polish leisurely and found the results to be fantastic!

First things first, make sure you have a couple hours to spare pampering yourself. When I take the time to make sure my polish will stay, I want to make sure I have the time to let that happen. Grab a good magazine or some books, stock up on shows and get your butt planted on your couch ready to veg.

You'll want to make sure your nails are prepped and ready to have the polish adhere. I like to remove all polish then soak in warm suddsy water with a hint of lavender oil to give my cuticles a little love. File the ends to your desired length (shorter is better in my book!) and buff out to remove any imperfections. 

To apply your polish you'll start by placing a single thin coat of base coat. Let this dry completely! Next, add a thin layer of your polish of choice (Sinful Colors // Endless Blue is my favorite lately), again letting this dry completely before applying a second coat. Repeat. Lastly you'll top your dried nails with a top coat making sure it's a thin layer here too. I'm sure you can tell now but the most important thing about this process is to make sure each layer is 100% dried before applying the next. Slowly painting is your best friend here. The slower and thinner the coats are, the longer it will last.

Pretty simple, right? My nails normally chip within 12 hours of painting them because I'm so hard on them and they lasted me 6 days without chipping when I did this! Totally worth a night of indulging on the couch if you ask me. 

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