To make your nail polish smooth and, of course, be far away from cracking, please DO NOT
✖ Shake your nail polish bottles: Simply roll your nail polish bottle between the palms of your hands instead of shaking it. If you shake the bottle, you are more likely to get air bubbles on application.
✖ Take a shower straight after you have painted your nails: Your nail beds expand in the hot water, making the nail polish move with it. This causes cracks and can make your polish chip when your nail beds return to their normal size. Likewise, do not paint your nails straight after a shower.
✖ Continuously apply thick layers of nail polish on your nails: If you apply your nail varnish in thick layers, it won’t dry on to the nail properly. On the opposite side, the thinner the coats, and the longer you let them dry in-between coats, the longer the nail polish will last.
✖ Wash your hands too harshly: This rough action might hurt your nails and discomfort your manicured nails.
✖ Direct contact with cleaning chemicals: Chemicals are absolutely not good for your skin and nails. Remember to wear gloves in case you have to do the dish washing.
While starting and ending with base and topcoat tacks extra time onto a manicure, they are important steps that should not be skipped. Applying base and topcoat is critical to preventing chipping or cracking for a lasting manicure. By using a grippy, strong basecoat, you will significantly extend the life and look of your manicure. Basecoat is what allows the coats to adhere to your nails and topcoat is what seals it all in. For best results and preservation of your manicure, I recommend reapplying your topcoat every two to three days. You will want to opt for a formula that boasts chip-resistance, protection, and strengthening, and bonus points if there is a hydrating component, too.
You can go to some top-rated nail salons and ask the experienced nail technicians about which brands of their base coat and top coat.