Gel manicures are the perfect and convenient solution for long-lasting nail beauty. However, what if you decided to opt for a traditional home manicure? Do you still love buying your own gel nail polishes and looking after your nails at home? If that’s you, read on, because you are about to find out the secrets for how to make your nails looking healthy and stylish for 12 days!
Yes, that’s right, we are not talking about applying nail polish that gets ruined in the first couple of hours, and we are talking about home manicures that last for 12 days, which is 3 to 4 times longer than the norm. This article has real secrets on how to carry on with life as normal, go to work and perform house chores, but still keep those nails looking “fly”.
How to Make Your Own Home Manicure Last 12 Days
As promised, we are going to talk about home manicures, using traditional nail polish, which can be done by anyone without past experience or any professional knowledge. Simply follow these 3 steps to get the ultimate manicure: Preparation, Delivery and Maintenance.
Step 1 – Preparation
The worst nightmare is spending hours to make your nails look perfect just to have your nail paint chip in a matter of hours. We don’t want any of that, do we?
The trick is to prepare your nails for the nail polish. You probably already know about the importance of applying a base coat before the nail polish. However, not many know this little secret, known as “squeaking”, which improves the chances of long-lasting color. In order to “squeak” your nails, just clean them rigorously with nail polish remover until any previous color and excess oils are removed, and squeak your nails. Once your nails are clean and completely dry, apply your base coat.
Step 2 – Delivery
After the nails are clean and dry, you are ready to paint them to professional standards. Once again, no previous knowledge is needed, just take your time and follow these steps precisely.
Slowly apply your nail polish in thin layers, starting in the middle and then on the left and right side. Let the nail polish dry and apply another thin layer of color. Another secret is to apply the color over the nail tip, as that’s the place where the paint is mostly likely to chip.
Finish with a thin layer of top coat and wait for your nail paint to dry. The most important part here is to be patient and refrain from any activity, as you want the nail polish to be completely dry before you bring it in contact with anything.
Step 3 – Maintenance
After you’ve got yourself a professional standard manicure in only a few minutes at the nail salon, is time to make that beautiful color and perfect finish last 12 days! I know you’ve been waiting for this part so here is exactly want to do:
1. Refrain from heat for the first day, which includes hot water.
If you’ve got your nails done in the morning, try to avoid washing dishes or using hot water until the end of the day, just to minimize the chances of chipping the nail paint. After 10-15 hours the nail polish will be 100% dried and you can resume normal activity.
2. Apply the top coat again after 4 days.
This will re-vitalize the color of your finger nails and ensure it stays protected for the entire 12 days.
3. Protect your nails with gloves.
If your work or house chores involve coming in contact with water or other substances, protect your nails, and your hands, by using gloves. This is the ultimate maintenance tip if you want to keep your nails looking beautiful.
4. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.
There is nothing worse than dry hands and dry cuticles when you are trying to make your nail colour last.
5. Deal with any breakage straight away.
Here the best option is to keep a nail file handy. This way, when your nails break, or a bit of the nail paint chips, you can file your nails and fix the damage straight away.
Long-Lasting Nail Beauty in Three Steps
- Preparation, delivery and maintenance, that’s all! Follow our three steps and your manicure is guaranteed to last 12 days. Remember that maintenance is essential, so prepare yourself with 2 handy essentials – gloves and a nail file.
- A last tip for long-lasting nail beauty is to avoid, at all costs, using your nails as tools! This is an absolutely no-no! If you are used with opening things with your nails, it’s likely that is the main reason why your manicures don’t last long.
- That’s it, follow our tips and secrets and you are guaranteed to have one manicure last 12 days. Your nails will look healthy and beautiful and you will save a lot of time and money.