How Do You Make Nail Polish Last?

To make nail polish last, clean the nail beds with white vinegar, then file each nail short before applying a base coat to the nails, followed by two coats of nail polish and a top coat. Allow the nail polish to dry completely and reapply the top coat every few days to preserve the finish.

  1. Apply white vinegar to the nail beds

    Dip a cotton swab in white vinegar and wipe it onto each nail bed to remove any product build-up or natural oils. Allow the nails to dry.

  2. File the nails into shape

    File the nails so that the tips are rounded and the edges are square to maximize nail strength. Keep the nails fairly short, as long nails are harder to keep chip-free.

  3. Apply a base coat

    Apply a sticky base coat in an even layer to each nail, giving the nail polish an adhesive layer to stick to. Apply a second layer to the top half of the nails where chips occur more often.

  4. Apply nail polish and a top coat

    Roll the nail polish between your hands to remove air bubbles, which can cause easier chipping. Brush the nails with two coats of the nail polish, allowing the polish to dry between each coat. Apply a slow-setting top coat to the nails, finishing with a layer around the edges to seal it in.

  5. Dry the nails

    Give your nails plenty of time to fully dry, using cool air to help speed up the process. Reapply the top coat every few days.