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How To Keep Your Manicure Fresh and Pristine

January 7, 2017
by
LAURYN

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So here’s a weird question I get asked a lot on Snapchat: how do you keep your manicure looking so shiny?

Well as you can imagine I’m very SPECIFIC but in the easiest way possible.

The whole thing is down to a system at this point really.

Firstly I am not posh & bougie about my manicure.

Like I go to this hole in the wall which probably isn’t the most hygienic. It’s a real, real hole in the wall.

…In fact, I don’t usually get a manicure.

Here’s trick #1: typically I skip the mani & go for a polish change.

You can count on me running late so this is efficient.

Plus a polish change is SO EASY GUYS. You basically run in & like 7 minutes later you’re out the door. It’s usually $6 bucks ( plus a tip! ) & I pay the extra buck to have my nails filed VERY VERY VERY square & short ( do whatever flatters your hand, everyone’s hands are different so cuts/lengths should flatter the hand ). After they quickly add a base coat & paint my nails ( usually using one of these colors ), I pull out trick #2: my own top coat.

Right now it’s a tie between two…I’m still debating. My two favorites are: Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Nail CoatCND Vinylux Top Coat.

One is kept in my car for the nail salon ( Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Nail Coat ) & the other is kept at-home for trick #3 (CND Vinylux Top Coat ). The reason: the first one is ideal for immediately after & the other one is great 2 days later to preserve the manicure.

That’s the big trick: two days after the manicure or polish change paint over it to keep your nails super, SUPER shiny with CND Vinylux Top Coat. I’m telling you I bring this shit on vacation. It’s a game-changer; can’t live without it on my nails two days after the polish ( this is why I think I get asked this question ). You just need a thin layer.

Last nail salon tip: ask the person who’s painting your nails to paint the edge of the nail ( this is hard to explain without a visual so bear with me ). The edge meaning like the tip & then downward towards the tip of your finger. It’s like the smallest thing ever but having the nail polish on that area prevents chips. If this doesn’t make sense, let me know.

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Always spray tan before a nail salon visit, never after. The spray tan ruins the nail polish color & kind of yellows it.

Avoid putting your hands in the sun- it ruins nail polish…& your skin!

Also I try to stay away from lots of lotions/makeup on my nails. Use a beautyBlender to apply makeup & this makeup palette to keep it off your nails.

I like to bring my own nail polish too, fresh polish is always best.

It’s ok if you like to do your nails at home too. Just make sure you GET A NAIL POLISH REMOVER PEN. It’s so good for mistakes.

If you want a manicure to last: AVOID MATTES. They chip quick.

Oh ya if you’re in a pinch with chipped-ass nails & have no time, just add silver glitter nail polish to the tips of them. VOILA, festive nails.

Wait as long as possible to wash your hands. I’ve found water screws up the polish change.

Gels…I don’t love them because I feel like they ruin my nails & they look so bad ( yellow ) when they grow out. Going to the nail salon once a week for a polish change works best for me.

If you’re ever using neons make sure to start with a white coat of polish. This will make the neons pop ; ).

OK THAT IT IS.

AND if you’re wondering: when Michael asks me to itch him, I use my chihuahua’s claws to brush through his hair instead of my fresh nails. He has no idea. Don’t believe me? Go watch it go down on Snapchat: @laurynevarts.

HA! That’s really all. Going to eat some watermelon jerky & read my latest book: The End of Normal: A Wife’s Anguish, A Widow’s New Life by Stephanie Madoff Mack ( Bernie Madoff’s son’s wife, VERY interesting read so far- I highly recommend ).

Kiss, kiss- lauryn x

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  1. sam

    This is so timely as I was just thinking I should go get my nails done. Your tip about asking the person to paint the “edge” definitely makes sense and I will be sure to follow the tip! Thanks so much!

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    1. Lauryn Post author

      I normally opt for a polish change just cause it’s so much quicker and also a lot less expensive if you’re getting your nails done frequently! xx

    1. Lindsay

      Slash….I love this post! I have always wondered how your nails always look so clean and fresh!

  2. Madison

    I usually do gel or dipping powder because it always stays SO much better/longer than polish but my nails are slowly hating me for it… I might try your tick next week and just go with regular polish! Thx for the recs, as always!!

    And by the way I literally died laughing so hard at work this morning watching your snap with the chihuahua claws on Michaels head ommmmg hahah.

    I love ya’ll.

    XO, Madison.

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    1. Lauryn Post author

      Oh I’ve never tried that before! I’ve done gel a lot but my nails are SO much healthier with regular nail polish. And LOL I love bugging him! xx

  3. Ashley @ Saving Money in your Twenties

    YESSS to painting the edge of the nail! That is definitely the best trick to keep polish lasting longer. I always do my nails at home but I’ve never tried the doing an extra top coat after 2 days trick ( I usually only do top coat right after I do the polish)- I should try that too!

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  4. Shelby

    this could not have come at a more perfect time, literally just sent a snpachat to my friends of my one day old, chipped mani. SO annoying!!

    I’ve been using the seche vite top coat too, as I noticed it at my salon, but i’m finding it yellows the colour of my polish (which i only realized when the top coat dried and I saw that I had missed a nail side note, how do you miss an entire nail!? anyways, the nail i missed was a nice bright white, while the ones with the top coat had a yellow/beige tinge). Now i’m on the hunt for a better top coat so i’ll def give the CND a try!

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    1. Lauryn Post author

      Oh I’ve never experienced that but good to know! Yes try the CND top coat and let me know how you like it :) xx

  5. Erin

    This is so perfect. I finally have all my nails grown out and love doing my own manis but the shine never lasts. Thanks so much!

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    1. Lauryn Post author

      I wish I was good at doing my own nails! Would save so much time and money LOL. But a good top coat is key! xx

  6. Amy

    You’ve convinced me to go for the polish change!! I usually do gels but freak out over the long term effects (can’t be good for you) and they take so long to do. LOVE the seche vite top coat but will need to try the CND one as well. You always have the best tips for looking polished (pun intended) on the fly!

    xx, Amy
    http://www.theluxilook.com

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    1. Lauryn Post author

      Thanks Amy! A polish change is such a time saver and gives your nails a break from gel polish. Let me know how you like the CND top coat! xx

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  8. Jillian

    where do you go in San Diego for a polish change? I can’t find a place that won’t make me do the whole “manicure” thing to save my life! HELP!

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