Nail Polish Peels Off After One Day… The Fixes!

If you like to paint your nails but find that your Nail Polish Peels Off After One Day, it can be really frustrating. You spend all that time preparing and go out to buy your favorite colors, only to find that your efforts and money has gone to waste literally the very next day.

I feel like I get this question all the time, and many of my clients in the Salon report that this is why the reasons why they come to see me in the first place.

Thankfully, there are actually a number of tips, tricks and ways that can help to prevent your Nails from chipping or peeling.

This article is here to explain the four very best methods.

Tip #1: Do not use Cuticle Oil or Lotion Before 

It seems that a lot of Nail Artists are always recommending that you apply Cuticle Oil and Lotion right before you start your manicure.

They routinely recommend to moisturize as often as possible and to always use Cuticle Oil at any possible opportunity.

Whilst I do not disagree with using Cuticle Oil and Lotion – it has many benefits and is great for your overall Nail Health. However, applying right before your manicure is not the right time.

When you apply Cuticle Oil and Lotion to your Nail Plate, it moisturizes and makes it softer. This is going to make it harder for your nail polish to adhere (stick to) your Nail Plates. What will happen is that it will start to chip and peel off, as it never really set to your nail in the first place.

Instead, what you want to do is save your Cuticle Oil and your lotion until after you’re done with your manicure and it has dried. That is the correct time to apply it.

Tip #2: Always use a Nail Dehydrator

Even if you’re not putting on Cuticle Oil or Lotion before your manicure and you’re finding that it’s peeling off anyway, you might just have an oily nail plate. This is very common. Its also not a problem and it is not going to prevent you from being able to paint your nails with your favorite nail polishes.

One excellent thing that you can do in this case is to use a Nail Dehydrator. I personally use the Mia Secret Nail Prep Dehydrator.

As it sounds, the dehydrator dehydrates your nail plate and it’ll help the polish actually stick to your nail instead of just having like an oily surface where your nail polish can just peel off.

What you will need to do is apply your dehydrator just before you would normally paint your nails with your nail polish.

A dehydrator is super important and I absolutely love using it. This is what keeps my manicures lasting between one and two weeks.

Tip #3: Always use Base Coats

If you are not currently using a Base Coat, then this could be your problem.

You may think that a Base Coat is not required and is an unnecessary cost. You may think so because nobody ever sees it.

However, it it plays a very important role in keeping your Nail Polish on.

The truth is, a Base Coat is totally necessary for three different reasons:

  1. It keeps your polish from staining. If you’re using a strong color like a Red, Green, Blue and especially Black – they will stain your nail. It can actually be permanent depending on the polish and you may even have to
    wait for the nail to entirely grow out. A Base Coat will protect your natural nail from getting stained.
  2. They strengthen your nail and will help your Polish to last longer. Applying a base coat gives you an extra layer of protection on your nail. It makes it a little bit thicker so that it’s a stronger nail in general. Base Coats are what prevents nail breaks.
  3. Acts as a glue for the nail polish to stick to your nail. So when you apply the base coat, that’s going to make your nail polish last a lot longer because you’ve got a glue-like layer on your nail to keep the nail polish stuck to it.

Base coat is super helpful and I really recommend using it. If you’re not currently using one, then this is an ideal place to start.

The Best Base Coat is one that is crystal clear and will not be visible through your Nail Polish. I personally use Seche 

Tip #4: Do not Confuse Base Coat and Top Coat

This is one of those really frustratingly obvious things that sometimes all of us feel victim to. It can happen really easily, and the two different coats can get confused.  A Base and Topcoat are not the same thing and you cannot use a Base Coat as a Topcoat or vice versa (a Topcoat as a Base Coat).

There are certain very specific polishes that you can do that with (like Orly sells a base and top coat together)
but I would say 99% of the time you definitely should not do that.

Base Coat and Topcoat have two very different uses.

So what Base Coat does is it will protect your nail and it will act as a glue for your nail polish.

What Topcoat does is it smooths your polish out and makes it shine.

So if you’re using Topcoat as your Base Coat, your nail polish is going to chip almost immediately. This is not what Topcoat was designed for.

My personal preference is to use a different Base Coat and Top Coat.

It doesn’t have to be the same brand, but having two separate products is super important in my experience.

A lot of products that are both Base Coats and Topcoats together in one; are not very effective. They fail to work acting as a base and they’re also not as good at making your manicure shiny.

In my experience it tends to be a waste of money to get duo Base/Topcoat that doubles up and act as one. Instead, opt for them separately like this:

Seche Base Coat and Seche Topcoat

Additional Tips

The four tips above are my most recommended and essential tips that will help you to keep your Nail Polish on much longer. If you are not utilizing these tips, then this is the very first place to start and you will notice benefits immediately.

However, I do have a couple of extra little tips that you might find helpful.

Wear Gloves!

If you are doing the dishes or if you’re doing any household chores that involve water, always wear gloves!
This is one of the things that I do all the time as it really helps to protect my nails.

If water get onto your nails, it’s going to get in between your nail polish and your nail plate and it’s going to start to separate it.

An easy and effective way to therefore prevent this from happening is to always wear gloves when and where you can, and to not wash your hands too regularly!

Seal your Tips

Another really effective tip is to seal your tips when you are painting your nails.

When you are finishing up with your Topcoat, gently swipe it along the free edge of your nails. This will create a seal to the edge of your nail and lock the polish in. This in turn helps keep your nail polish on longer as there is less chance of breaking at the tips

Final Words

These are really simple, easy to apply yet very effective tips that will help you to keep your Nail Polish and Mani on for a lot longer.

If your nails are peeling or chipping after just one day after painting, then it is likely to be something that you are doing which is preventing the polish from adhering in the first place.

It would be great if you left a comment below letting me know how you got on with these tips and if you have any other methods for making your manicure last longer.

Alternatively, check out my Painting Nails Tips and Tricks to find out some other great nail painting strategies.

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