Ask Lisa + Liz: Week 2: Nail care after a manicure


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Q: How can I prevent my nails from chipping after a manicure?

First published in’s January 2003 issue.
© Rogers Publishing Ltd.

It’s the extra coats of polish–the base and topcoat–that make all the difference in a long-lasting manicure.

First, remove old polish, moisturize your hands and make sure your nails are clean and dry. Then apply a base coat to help set the colour and protect nails from yellowing. Next, apply two coats of your favourite colour followed by a clear topcoat. This layer shields nails from chipping and gives polish a shiny finish. Use a quick-drying brand or make sure to wait at least 30 minutes for your nails to dry.

The biggest cause of chipping comes from using your nails as a tool–like for prying off a lid. No polish can stand up to constant abuse.   –Lisa Tant

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