"How can I make my manicure last longer?"ANSWER:
It's all in the preparation, says L.A. manicurist Ashlie Johnson. "Make sure your nails are filed smoothly so there are no chips or rough edges. I like to use a glass file to do this, since it's the finest grit." Use cuticle nippers to get rid of any hangnails (Johnson likes the ones by Tweezerman
, $25; tweezerman.com
), then use an alcohol-based product like the OPI Chip Skip
for salon locations) to remove any oils from the nail plate. Follow with the Orly Bonder Base Coat
), then apply two coats of your nail color. "Remember to paint the free edge of the nail to make sure it wont chip, then then finish with a top coat like Seche Vite Top Coat
) for a long lasting shine," Johnson adds.