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  1. May 29, 2013
    Jessica says

    I use the bottom coat if I’m wearing a dark polish that I think will stain my nails. I’ll have to try that topcoat you recommend- I go through those like crazy!

  2. May 29, 2013
    Mary-Katherine says

    i use this special drying spray that you can get at wal-mart! it’s not a fancy kind, i think it’s $3 and it has no recognizable name. it comes in wither a burgandy or a neon green can that looks like hairspray. it smells like a grandma but it really helps when i don’t have quite enough time to air dry!

  3. May 29, 2013
    Rachel says

    I have to wait like 20 minutes in between coats or it never works for some reason! I think I need that nail buffer though!

  4. May 29, 2013
    Julianne says

    Great tutorial! As far as a base coat, the only one I use is Orly Bonder. It’s a rubberized base coat which helps the polish adhere to the nail plate better. Before applying the Bonder, I swipe all my nails with pure acetone to dehydrate the nail plate and remove oils as well. My at-home manis last at least a week without a single chip!

  5. May 29, 2013

    oh buffering i always forget about that! the thing i like most about getting my nails done is how they shape and cut the cuticles. I can never do that myself well. So usually I get a mani when needed for the ugly cuticles or around the nail cleanup and then do my own for awhile.

  6. May 29, 2013
    Alyssa says

    I’ve become a sort of pro with at home manis. I’m not sure WHAT I do to make them last, but it usually works well–I can get a week or so out of them!

  7. May 29, 2013

    I couldn’t agree more! I too prefer to do my own nails and have found the same tips to be key. Essie’s top coat “good to go” is what I use and I love it. Quality polish and top coat are the two things I’ve found to be important. It’s worth it to splurge on quality polish. I always consider my cost per usage. :)

  8. May 29, 2013
    Emily says

    I wish I had read this post yesterday. I painted my nails and then managed to destroy them a mere 3 hours later when I put my wetsuit on. Oh well, I guess I will just have to repaint them.


  9. May 31, 2013
    Daphne says

    Another tip is to wrap the polish or your top coat over the top of your nails, further sealing the color and helping the mani last longer.
    Also to check if your nails are thoroughly dry, tap your nails together and if they feel sticky, then they’re not yet done.

    My favorite top coat is the revlon 10 day something top coat. Amazing and helps my mani last for over a week.

  10. June 4, 2013
    Hannah says

    Always looking to extend the life of my manicures – if I get a tiny chip I have to restart and it takes forever!

  11. June 15, 2013

    I’d never heard the cold water trick before, I’m going to try that today! I can usually make a mani last for one week, by applying a new layer of topcoat every other day. But I also quite gentle on my hands, and never do dishes, so I think that really helps too!

  12. July 20, 2013

    I like this post!!! Really cool!

  13. July 30, 2013
    Rachel says

    Where is that adorable heart ring from? Or did you make it?

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  15. January 9, 2015
    Sarah says

    How exactly does cold water “seal the manicure “? :-/

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