Nail art is a fun way to beautify your nails. Whether you’re into intricate designs and stickers or a simple French manicure, there are a few things you will want to do to make sure your nail art lasts for more than a day or two. With a bit of preparation and good technique, you will be able to care for your nail art and enjoy it for many days.
1: Strong and healthy nails
Strong nails will allow your nail art to look great and last for a long time. To improve your nail health, start with your diet. Make sure you are getting enough biotin, Vitamin E, and omega 3s. If you need help getting these nutrients, try taking a supplement. Protein-rich foods will also help your nails grow, so be sure to eat beans, fish, and nuts.
2: Clean your nails properly before applying nail color
It is important to remove any lotion, dust, or water on your nails right before you begin. These elements create a slick surface that hinders the nail art from adhering and will lessen the nail art’s longevity. Starting with a clean, dry surface also helps nail polish to dry quicker and prevents smudging.
3: Choose a good quality nail polish
Avoid ingredients like formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP), which raise health concerns and have been shown to be allergens. Also, try not to use quick-drying nail polish, which can dry out your nails, or hardening nail polish, which can result in your nails breaking or cracking. Instead, find nail polishes that are labeled “three-free” to show that they do not include harmful ingredients. This will allow you to wear your nail polish for an extended period of time without it adversely affecting your health.
4: Apply base coat before apply nail color
A good base coat gives the polish an ideal surface to adhere to. It creates a sticky surface that the polish will grab onto so that it lasts longer. A good base coat also creates an even surface for your nail art and certain formulas can moisturize your nails.
5: Apply top coat after the nail color
A top coat adds great protection to your nail art. Consider adding two thin coats of topcoat to your finished nail art for extra protection, letting it dry in between coats.
6: Put your nails in a bowl of ice water
Fill a bowl with cold water and several ice cubes. Place your partially dry nails in ice water for about a minute. This will harden and dry your nails much faster than letting them air dry.
7: Avoid Hot water
Hot water will fade the color and weaken the layers of your polish. Be mindful of the temperature of water while washing your hair or hands.
8: Apply Cuticle oil
When your nails are complete, applying cuticle oil can add protection. Apply generously not only on your cuticles but also on top of your nails.