Tips and tricks for long durability!

09.04.2018 11:23

I am often asked how the durability of the nail polish can be improved.  This is indeed very individual. How greasy, dry, soft or hard the nail is, plays a big role at first. And of course it always depends on the nail polish. One can take thicker layers, the other thinner, they say to try it out.

Nevertheless, I have summarized some tips for you here:

+ Clean the nails well with soap, avoid alcohol, this can lead to blisters later in combination with the varnish, then let it dry well. If necessary, buffer the nails a little and polish them slightly,

+ Apply base coat ( e.g. BECKY ), wait, a thin coat of paint, wait, a second coat of paint, this time a little thicker, wait, top coat ( e.g. VICKY or ALA) over it. Depending on the paint, one has to test how thick the layers have to be and how long one actually has to wait. Important: the top coat should really be applied over the entire colour varnish, otherwise there may be edges. Please do not use topcoat as base coat and vice versa. The base coat contains halft mediators and therefore it is completely unusable as a top coat. 

+ In my opinion, time is the most important factor in manicure. Do not use the nails to bind the shoes or the like for at least one hour after painting. The better the varnish can really dry through and the less small cracks and scratches appear at the front of the nail edge after varnishing, the longer the varnish will last. Also you should not take a shower or a bath after the manicure.

+ Unfortunately, absurd experiments with ice cubes or hairdryers to accelerate the drying time of the paint do not work! On the contrary, the paint has to dry evenly, it only does so if the solvent contained in it evaporates. If you blow on the paint with a hair dryer, the top layer dries up faster and seals the surface, but the one underneath remains soft. In other words, the drying process takes longer and the coating can break and splinter more quickly.

+ Especially if the manicure is still fresh, you should avoid creams or cleaning agents. Some sun creams, for example, contain substances that can soften the varnish and the solvents in household cleaners can also attack the varnish. 

+ In my opinion, the most common cause of blisters are residues of cleaning agents or disinfectants on the nails. The chemical reaction with the nail polish immediately leads to blisters. The combination of different manufacturers can also work wonderfully, but can also lead to problems when ingredients that react with each other meet. Then it only helps to try around a little until you have found the optimal station wagon for you. Bubbles can also occur if coatings are applied too quickly and too thickly. Or the paint and the surroundings are too warm. Just everything you should avoid anyway, so that the paint lasts long and looks great.

+ In general, paints should be stored in a dark place at room temperature while standing. They don't like too warm, and they don't like too cold. So please never put it in the fridge, it makes the paint tough! But in the summer it is of course often quite warm in the whole flat and thus also the nail varnish warms up. You can park it in the refrigerator for a while before painting. To paint, it is essential to stay in the apartment and not go out on the balcony in the sun, the heat and direct sunlight cause the solvents to evaporate far too quickly and the paint thickens immediately.