Nail polish can go bad, but with proper storage it lasts an extremely long time. Manufacturers rarely list an expiration date on nail polish, so monitoring the polish's texture is necessary to determine if it has gone bad.
Nail polish is made up of solvents, film formers, resins, plasticizers and pigments. These ingredients are labeled as butyl acetate, xylene, toluene and formalin. Companies including Essie and Butter London use formulations that are free of DBP, toluene and formaldehyde.
To remove nail polish, soak a cotton ball in nail polish remover, firmly press the ball over the nail to loosen the polish, and wipe it off. You need a cotton ball, cotton swab, nail polish remover, soap, paper towels, moisturizer and water.
To take off nail polish, soak a cotton ball in nail polish remover, and press the soaked ball over the nail to for a few minutes to allow the polish soften. Wipe away the polish, clean the cuticles, and then wash and moisturize your hands.
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.
To apply nail polish, file your nails and buff them. Apply a base coat followed by two coats of polish, and then finish off with a top coat.
The earliest recorded instances of nail polish hark back to China during the period around 3000 B.C. This ancient version of nail polish contained beeswax, gelatin and egg whites as ingredients; its color depended on the type of vegetable that was used as a source.
Historians believe nail polish was created in China about 5,000 years ago, where it was reserved for use by the ruling class. Gold and silver were popular colors. Some of the first ingredients use in nail polish were beeswax, gum arabic, egg whites, natural dyes and gelatin.
Nail polish is made up of four basic ingredients: film forming agents, resins and plasticizers, solvents, and coloring agents. The combination of these ingredients differs, depending on the nail polish brand.
Nail polish remover is made with acetone or ethyl acetate. Acetone is harsher on nails and skin, but it can be used to remove artificial nails, which are usually made with acrylic, and is the only polish remover that can remove gel nail polish. Ethyl acetate is usually combined with isopropyl alcoho