I am loving this trend of no-UV-gel nail polish. It’s one of the best things that can happen to those of us with brittle, weak nails that just love to break and encourage polish to peel and chip off.

Cover Girl’s XL Nail Gel weighs in at a light $7.50 for a nice big bottle of polish that will last you at least 5 days before chipping. And believe me, I put my nails through the wringer. So I did some research for all of us who suffer from this indignity.

  1. Avoid water and oils – wear rubber gloves when you can
  2. Apply polish in multiple thin coats instead of fewer thicker ones. Thick applications create air bubbles that prevent an even application.
  3. Apply a top coat when your polish is wet. It can permeate the polish itself and helping it to bond.
  4. Before polishing, wash hands and wipe nail beds down with nail polish remover to remove any oils left on the nails.
  5. Make sure to let your polish dry thoroughly in-between each coat.
  6. After all coats are on, from base coat through top coat, don’t handle anything for at least an hour.
  7. Apply a top coat every day to keep chips to a minimum.
  8. Wrap base coat and top coat around the underside of the nail, if they are long, to strengthen the nail.
  9. Choose a base coat that isn’t a top coat as well. The shine factor of a top coat is what makes it unsuitable as a base coat.
  10. Try adding an extra layer of polish just on the tips of the nails.
  11. Don’t shake your bottle of polish. This creates air bubbles which lead to an uneven application.
  12. If you can deal, glittery polish lasts longer. Consider this if you need a very long lasting mani.

Do you have any tips to keep your polish from chipping?

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