How to Easily Make Nail Polish on Nails Last Longer!

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You can make nail polish last longer on your nails with vinegar?! Just take a cotton ball and dip it in vinegar then swipe it over your un-polished nail. After it’s dry, polish your nail! That’s it, your nail polish will last longer! Also, using a base coat before painting your nails will help too. I would also like to add that painting a thick coat will actually make it peel off faster. Try to just do a base coat, 2-4 very thin coats of the color you choose and a thin top coat.

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  1. Andrea H says

    Hmmm…hoping to give myself a mani pedi this evening – perhaps I’ll give it a shot – I use vinegar to do everything so why not this too? lol

  2. Lisaanne says

    Sounds like a winner.. My girl always want to paint my nails and its frustrating when it only lasts a day with all the house stuff I do. Can’t wait to try it!!

  3. Meg says

    You can also help bottles of nail polish last longer, and not get goopy, by storing them in the fridge. Been doing it since I was a kid. I learned it from my mom.

  4. Cherish says

    Base coat and top coat also makes your polish last longer. It seems that vinegar is dehydrating your nail bed and that doesn’t seem healthy. Make sure to let your nails breathe in between manicures and pedicures as well.

    • Angela says

      I agree with the vinegar, but your nails do not need to breathe. They are dead and do not have lungs. The only living part of your fingernail is under the skin.

      • Cherish says

        You are taking my terminology too literally. Your nails need time to recooperate from polish (or acrylics). They will turn yellow and fungus can grow.

          • Katy says

            Polish especially! thats why alot of people get the fungus and yellowing under their toenails if they leave polish on there to long.

            • Michelle says

              They will not turn yellow if you have a good base coat….the cheaper polishes like Sally Henson will in fact turn your nails yellow. I have also found that as long as you have a good base coat (like OPI) then you can use the cheaper colored polish and will be fine.

              • Lisa says

                I am a licensed nail technician of 15yrs and agree if the nail plate is properly cleaned with an alcohol based product, a professional base coat, color and topcoat is applied you will never get a mold from polish. Fungus is a problem within the body and not contracted through the surface of the nail being covered

        • Netty says

          Yes, I agree with letting your nails breathe! I (and others I know) have had issues with both acrylics and real nails. you must let them get fresh air and sunshine. just like the rest of you!! Scientific mumbo jumbo is for the birds. I have had proof of this happening!

  5. Cherish says

    I’m sorry that you are wrong. My best friend went to school to become a nail tech and I will take advice from her first. Along with every other nail tech I’ve ever met. Yes, you need to allow time for nails to “breathe” every once in a while from polishing.

    • Veronica says

      Umm. No. Nails do not need to “breathe.” The only bad thing that can happen by constantly keeping your nails polished is discoloration. Look it up, this myth has been debunked by scientists, doctors, and pretty much anyone else who professionally works with nails. There are a ton of websites devoted to this topic, just do a quick google search. My guess is that the people you talked to heard it from others and just assumed it was true which would make me question their competence.

      • Cakester says

        If I don’t skip a week in between painting my nails, my nails start to peel like crazy. No science, just the cold hard fact of my own nails.

        • Jade says

          And if I do skip a week my nails will flake so much I have to file them off to the nubs. My nails stay painted I have never had a fungus problem. I did have discoloration before I learned to put a clear coat down first. The discoloration often marched the color of the polish. So it wasn’t fungus. Read some scientific studies before passing on what everyone says. Everyone used to say the world was flat.

      • Happy says

        The thing is, I think Cherish meant that your nails needs to take a break every now and then so they don’t become so unhealthy. Polishes have alcohol in it, and anything with alcohol in it dries whatever its on. “Breathing” is actually meaning that nails should have some time with no chemical treatment like nail polish on it so it can heal or become healthy again since having nail polish on your nails too long can cause permanent damage to them so I suggest you to allow them to “breathe” just for yourself since you want to be healthy.

  6. Sandi says

    Regarding the “breathing” of nails…. I wore nail polish on my natural nails from age 8 to probably age 45 non-stop…. mostly because my nails were so yellow from wearing polish all the time without a base coat. I’m here to tell you, my nails remained super healthy and strong without ever taking a “breath” in all those decades. No fungus, no ickiness, rarely a break or split.

    • Stephanie says

      Same here I’m only 24 though but I have been painting my nail non stop lately. For over a year I have had polish on constantly. Last night I took off the polish and decided to give my nails a break and put cuticle oil on. My nails are a lot better looking than they were last night. I had stains pretty bad, I love blues and greens, and I haven’t buffed my nails or anything and the stains are almost gone its only been a day. I can’t really explain that but I haven’t had any peeling or breaking. I love my nails they are hard and don’t bend easily and seem pretty healthy. I like to keep them cut just past my finger tip and my nail bed is pretty long.

  7. Jan says

    I don’t know about vinegar, but I always clean off the surface of my nails with rubbing alcohol before I apply the base coat. It removes any oils or impurities from my nails and I think the nail polish stays on longer. Just allow it to dry/elaborate first.

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  9. E says

    I believe that everyone is different and somethings work for some people and somethings for others. For the “breathing”part some nail polishes are more harsh than others and that could cause problems. Personally, I like to give my nails breathing time, but maybe for some people its not necesssary. My advice it just see what works for you…

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  13. ENW says

    Well all of that arguing what a little uncalled for…I don’t really think your nails breathing is something you HAVE to do but I do think it’s a good idea every now and then. What I do know is that nail polish can become very unsanitary very quickly! I’m not adding to the whole fungus/mold thing either. But even with top and base coats your nail polish will develop tiny scratches, cracks or indents that harbor bacteria. It will happen. This is why many hospitals and other healthcare facilities do not allow their employees to wear nail polish and they certainly can’t wear fake nails. If they are allowed to have polish they generally have to change it within a certain number of days: example, every three days. Now that has nothing to do with letting them breath. Just a little decon. FYI.

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