Few things are more frustrating that when your perfect manicure chips. Once the manicure is damaged, it’s hard to resist the temptation to pick at it. However, peeling and picking at your nail polish is actually terrible for your nails. When you peel off nail polish, it takes off layers of your actual nail, which will make your nails thin and brittle. Plus, who wants a nasty looking manicure? Follow these tips to help prevent yourself from picking or biting at your chipped manicure:
- Make sure your manicure starts off strong. Always use a base coat and a top coat. This is the best way to prevent your nails from chipping in the first place. A base coat helps the nail polish adhere to your nail and a top coat will preventing chipping. A top-quality topcoat is the best way to prevent chipping and thus picking. Find out which topcoat has the best rating here.
- If the chip is really bothering you, you can use a glitter polish to cover up the chip and give your manicure a fresh new look. Glitter polish tends to hide any chips or cracks in your manicure.
- According to the nail gurus are Julep, nail polish can be a very effective tool to help stop nail biting: “Lots of women can attest to the fact that, when you’ve just spent your hard-earned money and time on a great-looking manicure, you’re less likely to ruin it by biting your nails.” By keeping your nails trimmed and polished is one way to help you break the habit.
- If you’re worried you’ll pick at your manicure, remove all temptation by completely taking off the nail polish with a nail polisher remover pad. These are , individually-wrapped wipes that remove nail polish instantly (you can get 20 wipes for $5 at Sephora!). These are great to throw in your bag or carry-on when you are traveling.
- You can usually buff out a small chip with a nail file. Try using a glass nail file because it is gentler. This will help reduce chipping and peeling.
Want more nail tips? Check out how to fix smudged nail polish and find out how bad gel manicures actually are for your nails.
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