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There’s no denying that matte nail polish is the “It” finish right now, but while it has a very fashion-forward appearance, it just doesn’t wear as long as regular polish. While chips can sometimes lend to the cool factor, they’re typically unwanted. Here are some of our tips for getting the most out of your matte-finish mani.
Face the facts: Matte formulations aren’t as long-wearing as their shinier counterparts. Matte is a trend, after all, so take it as an opportunity to switch up your polish more frequently with some very of-the-moment shades.
Top that: Since it is not recommended that you use both a basecoat and a topcoat for matte polishes—two typically surefire ways to make regular polish stay longer—why not turn your regular polish matte instead? A matte topcoat is the perfect solution. Try Deborah Lippmann Flat Top Matte Topcoat, Essie Matte About You Finisher, or Jin Soon Matte Maker Topcoat.
Patience, my friend:__ Matte polish has a tendency to dry quickly, so to help keep it looking great longer, paint it on in thin layers, allowing each to dry completely before applying the next coat.
__Oil-free:__Matte nail polish and oily products go together like, well, oil and water. Avoid lotions and cuticle creams, and as an added precaution, use nail-polish remover before painting your nails.
Here’s a tip: Since most chipping starts at the tip of the nail, follow this easy step: Simply paint a vertical swipe of polish at the end of your nail to keep chips at bay.
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