Life with Kids: Making your nail polish last

Nail Polish How ToAs a Mom your day includes a lot of really random things. Like separating stuck Legos, helping glue together pictures for crafts, and opening play-doh containers. All of these things chip painted nails like crazy. Despite this, I love having my nails painted. I have a pretty fool proof method that keeps my nails chip free for about 6 days (which is pretty good if you aren’t using the gel method), so I thought I’d share!

Step 1: Pick a good polish. I’m very partial to the Essie brand, but even some of those can go wrong, you want to avoid ones with glitter (which catch on things), or thinner combinations (I avoid “satin-ish” or overly shimmery ones). The lighter the polish, the faster it dries, the longer it stays. So if you have less time go lighter.

Here are my favorites:

Nail Polish

Step 2: Cut your nails short. There is NO way you can have long nails with boys and keep polish on, unless it is gel or they are fake nails. Seriously. I go against any sort of trend, and keep them short, neatly filed, and rounded on the sides just a bit (sharp edges catch and chip).

Nail file

Step 3: Apply two coats of polish to your nails avoiding getting it in the nail beds. I have shaky hands (an inherited characteristic) when trying to do small details, so this has taken me years to perfect, but the less polish you get on the sides of your nail beds, the less likely it will be to chip.

Step 4: Let your polish dry for ten minutes. Look stuff up on Pinterest. Grade papers. Watch an old episode of Grey’s Anatomy. Just suggestions.

Wait, what

Step 5: Apply Essie No Chips Ahead top coat. Let it dry for at least an hour. Seriously. You have to make a commitment if you want it to stay. I usually set-up work stuff to do while it sits.

And that’s it! I can’t promise that it will work for you, but it has worked really well for me. I’m off to go put a GI Joe back together. And chase a boy with a talking penguin:

PenguinThat he really wants to introduce to real water. The adventure continues.


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