On the hunt for the secret to making your manicure and pedicure last during the beach season? Neri Ortega, nail expert of Butterfly Studio Salon, recommends the following for a long lasting, perfect manicure without chipping:

1. Following a hand massage, it is vital to clean the nail bed twice with acetone or acetone free nail polish remover to make sure that there are no emollients left on the nail- a clean, oil free nail bed is the most important part of a lasting manicure, as it creates a clean surface to begin on.

2. Continue with a protein based base coat- this is key in keeping polish from chipping. A strengthening treatment like OPI’s Nail Envy, works wonderfully to keep nails strong, and polish from chipping.

3. Following the application of polish, a good basic top coat is needed. Neri recommends Essie, and prefers classic top coats over “quick dry” as she finds that quick dry top coats tend to peel faster.

4. Pushing back cuticles rather than cutting them will also help a manicure last longer. To keep nail polish looking shiny and new, and cuticles from looking dull and ashy, she recommends a good cuticle moisturizer like Solar Oil – the oil treatment will multi-task to keep your manicure going for extra days.

With tips this easy, the hardest part will be choosing your favorite color!

2 Comments on Hand Sands

  1. Nicole
    May 29, 2008 at 6:19 AM (10 years ago)

    One time I painted my toes a few hours before going to the beach and when I got there I guess the polish wasn’t completely hardened yet, although it felt dry. So, a bunch of sand wound up sticking to the polish leaving me looking like I attached sand to my toenails! Ridiculous, lol.

  2. Girl-Woman
    May 29, 2008 at 7:52 PM (10 years ago)

    Too late for a professional pedi, I painted my own toes the night before a flight. They looked horrible. In the morning, the polish that was hanging around the outside of the nail beds came off in the shower and my pedi looked fabulous. Thanks for your tips.