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Everything You Can Do To Make Your Manicure Last Longer

Get chip-free and shiny nails for weeks.
PHOTO: Instagram: townhouseuk; Sally Hansen

Whether you're getting a manicure at the salon or you're doing it on your own, these hacks will ensure that your polish will stay chip-free and glossy.

  1. Start with a smooth base.

    Fill in ridges and get rid of unwanted moisture and oil before painting your nails. This practice will allow the lacquer to stay on for longer.

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    Sally Hansen No More Stains Spray-On Base Coat, P595, Rustan's the Beauty Source

  2. Never neglect the free edge.

    The free edge is where the chipping starts. Brushing base coat, nail lacquer, and topcoat on it will keep it extra protected.

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  3. Apply clear polish under your fingernails.

    If you've got long nails, prevent them from breaking by painting a thin coat of clear or strengthening polish underneath the tips.

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    Anny Liquid Nails, P495, SM Beauty

  4. Re-apply clear polish every week.

    To maintain the glossy gel-like finish of your painted digits, refresh the topcoat every seven days. Don't forget the free edge!

    Courtesy of Happy Skin

    Happy Skin Express Gel Polish Mirror-Shine Top Coat, P249. Lazada

  5. Be mindful of your actions.

    Okay, this may sound like a ~deep~ advice, but it works. Being conscious of how you use your nail to open soda cans or untangle knots will make you aware of how much you tend to abuse your digits. Wear gloves first before doing house chores.

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  6. Be generous with cuticle oil.

    When your cuticles are well moisturized, your nails look freshly polished. Plus, the digits become stronger and less brittle—aka they're less prone to chipping.

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    Orly Gel Fx Cuticle Oil, P395.75, Lazada

  7. Get a gel manicure.

    Unlike regular polish, gel polish lasts longer. You can expect extra glossy, chip-free nails that last for as long as four weeks. 

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  8. Try press-on nails or nail wraps

    If you like nail art but you're the type who wants to do the mani by yourself, try press-on nails or wraps. This particular set can be customized to your nail size, desired length, and chosen design.

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    Posh Nails Nail Wraps, P220 each, Posh Nails Official Lazada and Shopee Store 

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