Tips for Achieving Long-Lasting Nails With Your Nail Polish Set

Doing your own nails can be such a treat, a little moment of pampering and self-care. But it’s such a letdown when you look down at your freshly painted nails at the end of the day, only to find chips and smudges.

In this blog, we will tell you all the right tips and tricks to achieve long-lasting manicures! Read on for tips on prep, application and how to care for your nails with our advice.

Prepare Your Nails

Preparing your nails for a manicure is an essential step and is overlooked as it may not seem like it would affect your outcome. While it seems like a boring task, proper nail prep sets the foundation for a flawless long-lasting manicure. Without taking the right steps to prepare, you’ll find that your nail polish will quickly chip or peel away at the edges. Here’s a step by step guide on how to prep your nails effectively:


Step 1: Trim & Shape Those Nails

The first step for a long lasting manicure is to trim and shape your nails to how you desire. Start by using a nail clipper to trim your nails and then use a nail file to shape your nails in the style you want. Remember to file in one direction to prevent them from splitting!


Step 2: Buff Your Nails

You’ll then want to gently buff your nails using a nail buffer. Buffing helps to create a smooth surface for the polish to cling to. Be sure to only buff the surface of your nails using a light hand, if you buff too hard you can weaken your nail bed which can cause them to break.


Step 3: Push Back Cuticles

Pushing back cuticles is an important step to ensure your nails create more surface area for the nail polish to stick to. Plus, this gives the illusion of longer nails which is always a bonus. Use a cuticle pusher to gently push back the cuticles, followed by removing any excess or dead skin around the nail bed for a clean finish.


Step 4: Clean Your Nails

Now that your nails are trimmed, filed and buffed, it’s time to clean them. Use a nail polish remover to remove any remaining oils or dead skin from your nails. This will help the nail polish to go on smoother.

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Nail Polish Set Application Guide

Now that you’ve completed the nail preparation, it’s time to begin the application process. Here’s a guide to follow, along with some helpful tips and tricks to achieve a flawless manicure:


Step 1: Apply Your Base Coat

Start by applying a thin layer of base coat to each nail. This is an essential step to ensure the longevity of your nails as it creates a smooth surface for the nail varnish to stick to. Make sure you let the base coat completely dry before proceeding.


Step 2: Apply Your Nail Polish

When applying nail polish, begin by starting in the centre of your nail and gently working your way downwards. This technique prevents the polish from flooding your cuticles and creating a messy finish. Additionally, remember to cap the tip of your nails as a final step. This sealing process helps enhance the longevity of your manicure by preventing lifting and ensuring a neat finish. Allow to dry and repeat with another coat if necessary. 


Step 3: Seal With a Top Coat

A top coat is essential to protecting your manicure. Once your nail polish is dry, apply a thin layer of top coat to each nail to seal in the colour and add shine. The top coat acts as a protective barrier, helping to prevent chipping and extending the lifespan of your manicure. Finish your manicure with some cuticle oil to keep your nails moisturised and polished, and there you have it – a long-lasting manicure right from the comfort of your own home.

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Long lasting routine with regular nail maintenance


Regular nail maintenance helps the appearance of your nails and will also enhance the longevity of your manicure. Here are our top tips:


  • Thin Layers Are Key: Apply thin, even layers of nail polish and allow them to completely dry before applying the next coat. This helps to prevent streaking and ensures a smooth finish.
  • Cuticle Oil Should Be Your Best Friend: Apply cuticle oil every night before bed to soothe and moisturise dry cuticles. It will also help encourage healthy growth which is always a bonus.
  • Avoid Picking: Resist the temptation to pick at your freshly manicured nails. As hard as it is, it’s not worth the pain or the dramas.
  • Look After Your Nails: Remember to look after your nails, keep an eye on them to look out for changes in their appearance, and how they feel. Regularly inspecting your nails allows you to catch any potential issues early on.
  • Healthy Lifestyle Habits: Eating a balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals and protein help to support healthy growing nails as well as maintain their strength. Incorporate foods that are high in biotin, vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids as these are essential for maintaining healthy nails.

How can I make my manicure last longer?


To maximise the longevity of your manicure, implementing a few key strategies is essential. Consistently applying a cuticle oil every night nourishes and hydrates your nails, minimising the chances of chipping and peeling. When doing household cleaning tasks, wearing gloves is crucial to shield your nails from potential damage and prevent the lifting of nail polish, particularly in hot water. By incorporating these practices into your nail care routine, you can effectively prolong your manicure and enjoy beautiful, well-maintained nails for longer periods.

What type of nail polish lasts the longest?


Gel nail polish is known for its long-lasting properties. Compared to traditional nail varnish, gel polish typically offers a more durable and chip-resistant finish. The gel formula is cured under UV or LED light, creating a hard and glossy coating that can last for up to two weeks or more without chipping or fading. Additionally, regular moisturisation and nail care are crucial for preserving the health and strength of your nails, regardless of the type of nail polish set you use.

Why does my nail polish chip after 2 days?


Chipping often results from improper care, dry nails and cuticles and also from using your nails as tools, which we are all guilty of. However, factors like this are manageable through a few simple changes of your habits. Treating nails gently by moisturising them regularly with hand cream and cuticle oils will enable your nail varnish to last much longer.

Discover your nail transformation


At Invogue, we’re dedicated to making nail care effortless and enjoyable. That’s why we have our very own nail brand, where you can discover everything you need to create your perfect manicure. At Nail HQ, we provide a variety of cruelty-free and vegan-friendly nail accessories, from nail polishes and treatments to nail art brushes and false nails. Our range is designed to enhance your nail care routine, helping you achieve stunning, healthy nails with ease.

Empower yourself to showcase your best nails with our quality nail care tools. Shop our collection of nail polishes and elevate your manicure routine to new heights. With Invogue, achieving stronger, happier and long-lasting nails has never been simpler.