Finding the perfect choice of manicure can be a little challenging. Whether you are getting extensions on your nails, gel manicure, or just your classic manicure (base coat, color coat and top coat) it can be quite tricky to decide on the best color, design or product to use on your nails. The nail polish industry is so big, it's hard to know what works best, and there’s no time for trial and error during this hectic season. I know, I know, you’re probably wondering, “what is Ashley’s point? it’s just nail polish!” Wrong! It’s not just nail polish. If you’re anything like me, chipped nails, two days after getting them done is a huge “NO! NO!” It literally drives me crazy. So I’m going to share with you some of my favorite nail polish brands and manicure practices that keep my nails looking polished, days after I left the salon.
There are a lot of nail polish brands out there. I‘m the girl that changes her nail color so much, that I have tried almost every brand, and here's what found: The polish that stays strong and doesn’t chip right away is Essie nail polish. I can easily go five to seven days after my manicure before my nails start to chip. I also use OPI, which offers an array of beautiful nail colors, but I have noticed that after two days with OPI, I start to notice chips. Brucci, which can be found in stores like Rite-Aid is also great. It’s cheaper than most of the mainstream brands and it lasts a long time with a great glossy finish.
If you’re considering getting a French
manicure, please keep in mind that is
one manicure style that is a guaranteed
“chipper." If you really want this style, I would
suggest getting it done the day of your
prom. Another suggestion would be to
get a gel manicure or nail extension in
a french manicure style to maintain
longevity. You can consider replacing
the white tip for another color,
glitter/crystals or get a design on a
finger to compliment your manicure,
like in the photos below.
TOP 4 TOP COATS:
INM’s 'Out the Door' top coat is a great choice when looking for a quick dry top coat. Also, China Glaze’s 'Patent Leather' top coat is the perfect finish to your manicure. Its luscious gloss brings life to any base color. 'Nicole' by OPI is a thick top coat that has great shine and I think it aids in the longevity of a manicure. I am aware that top coats are supposed to be high in shine but, the trends in manicures and pedicures have changed. The newest trend is matte nails. As bizarre as it might sound, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it! It adds character and style to your manicure/pedicure. It’s a MUST try. I would say use Essie’s “Matte about you” if you’re a first timer.