How can I make my manicure last?
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 ($12.50; opi.com for salon locations) to remove any oils from the nail plate. Follow with the Orly Bonder Base Coat ($10; orlybeauty.com), 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 ($10; ulta.com) for a long lasting shine," Johnson adds.
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