Memorial Day marks the beginning of my favorite time of year, summer. And while I delight at the thought of long beach weekends with barbecue dinners and the sight of Fleet Week sailors strolling around the city in crisp white uniforms, there is one thing about this time of year that irritates me more than the sand and salt water on my sunburned skin: the mani/pedi. And depending on which side you fall in the chip/no-chip debate that was sparked last week, you might be on the hunt for ways to keep your nails fresh and chip-free.
In order to save myself some frustration (and money) over the next few months, I've researched how to make my DIY mani/pedi's last as long as possible. The solution is simple enough, use a base coat and a top coat. This will prevent nail stains and chipping of the polish, and will protect the nail finish to sustain the color. Much to my dismay, that means painting my nails is probably going to take more than 15 minutes… but having my manicure last maybe even a week longer than usual could make it well worth it.
OPI always has the best nail polish, so I figured it was the go-to brand for this kind of product too. Start-To-Finish is a base coat, top coat, and nail strengthener all in one.
The Chip Skip is just a little something extra to really prevent chipping.
A few quick tips: Apply a thin base coat layer to avoid smudging. Wait about five minutes for each layer to dry. Put your nails under running water to speed up the drying process.