5 Tips to Keep Polish on Your Nails

Ever wonder what works best to keep the polish on your nails?  Did you know that all companies that sell polish in the U.S. have removed the formaldehyde from polish so it is more difficult to stay on?  Here are some great ways to keep your polish on your nails just a little bit longer!

1. Use regular acetone or a polish remover with acetone to remove the natural oils from your nail surface.  It is so important to clean the surface before applying polish because otherwise your polish will not adhere to the surface.
2. Use a product like OPI Chip Skip to place on your nail before you use a base coat.  These products are made to help the polish adhere to your nail even better!

3. Wait 60 seconds between coats!  Trust me – just exercise a little patience and it will pay off later.   Typical application would be base coat, first thin layer of color, second thin layer of color, and then a top coat.  (Bonus tip: Make sure you are putting the color all the way over the edge of your nail and when you put the top coat on, top the edge too!  This is typically the first place people experience chips or nicks.)

4. Polish with a glitter or shimmer polish.  These types of polishes tend to stick to your nails better than regular polish.  And yes, as you probably all know, that means they are a little more difficult to get off!  (Bonus tip for hard-to-remove polish:  Soak a cotton ball in remover or acetone, place on nail polish, cover with a small square of aluminum foil & wrap around finger, and let “soak” for up to 10 minutes for hard-to-remove polish, then use cotton ball to remove.  This same technique is used in a similar way to remove acrylic from your nails so it works great to remove stubborn polish!)

5. Keep applying that top coat!  Seriously!  Think of it like waxing the car – it prolongs the color and fills in all the nicks and dings!  Apply a top coat layer every other day.  (Bonus tip: Put a drop of vegetable or olive oil on each nail after applying the top coat.  This helps for a few reasons – it helps seal the polish and makes it slick so that hair and things like that slide off until it is dry, and it helps moisten your cuticles.)


My name is Cori and I have been a licensed nail technician for 7 years. I work for the Minnesota School of Cosmetology in Woodbury and also received my training here.  Since MSC is an “OPI” school (meaning we use mostly OPI products) I typically will use OPI for my demonstrations, but keep in mind, most of my tips and tricks can be used with whatever nail polish you have.  I always recommend using professional beauty products such as OPI, CND, Zoya, or Venique, to name a few.

I have done a lot of traveling in my life and love experiencing new things and places. And I love people! I love what you can learn about people when you actually take a minute to have a conversation with them.  Networking and learning from others gives me a chance to get their thoughts on what they like for styles and trends.  I have a passion for the industry and love keeping up with all of the new techniques and trends.  Pinterest is a favorite place of mine to visit for some brilliant style ideas. There are so many creative people out there that share great pics!  I am so excited to share tips and tricks from the nail tech world with you.

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