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Chanel’s top nail expert, he shares his tips on why darker nail polishes peel faster, how to make nail polish last longer on your nails, and why he recommends using an acetone nail polish remover instead. Watch our video for five nail care secrets to know from Chanel’s exclusive manicurist.
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How to Make Your Nail Polish Last Longer
Zelana Montminy: After working with stars like Beyonce and Victoria Beckham. Chanel’s first ever manicurist Tom Bachik is here to tell us the five things you should know about nail care. Find out if darker nail polish is peeled faster, how to make the color last longer and the truth behind acetone nail polish remover.
Tom Bachik: One little secret, I know it feels good. It’s the spa experience of soaking but your natural nails are actually pores. So when you soak, they can actually absorbed the moisture and you can change shape and then when you get your manicure the nails dehydrate go back to the original shape and cause some of the peeling out of the edges. A dry manicure is going to allow your nails to hold on to the polish better and last longer.
If you really want your polish to stay on well, just simply go in for a polish change versus the whole manicure. One of the things about darker polish is it actually had more or higher pigment content. So if they put too many layers and then you end up with the same thing, the polish is thicker and they’ll have more the tendency to peel. The least amount of coats that you apply, I find the polish last longer.
Once you have to add two, three, some people even have put four coats of color, they get really thick and that’s when the color becomes really to peel.
Right now it seems like there's, this little controversy about acetone but in reality, acetone is safer than non-acetone nail polishes. And the reason for that is because the acetone nail polishes are much more effective. They break up the color and they evaporate off the skin very quickly. So they're not on you for a long period of time.
With non-acetone nail polish removers, you have to hold them on for a long, long time because they're so gentle. It takes a long time to dissolve and remove the color. So they stay on your skin from much longer period of time.
One of the techniques is actually to file from the outside in from the corner of your nail to the center, from the corner of the nail to the center. If you're using a file that is smooth enough, you can actually file back and forth on the nail and not create any damage. I recommend when filing the natural nail to use a file that is 180 or higher. The number on the file talks about how smooth or how coarse the file is, the higher the number the smoother the file.
So when you’re cutting your own cuticles. I recommend only the hang nails or excessive cuticle. And easy tip is to keep them pushed back. So let's say you're on the shower, use a little bit of hair conditioner on a wash rug and simply push back your cuticle while your skin is nice and soft. And then you’ll find that you almost never have to cut.
Zelana Montminy: I'm Zelana, thanks for watching Bella Sugar TV.