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If you can’t get your at-home mani to last more than a few days, you’re probably doing something wrong.

It’s the little things that count when trying to make your manicure last.

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At the salon, they put alcohol on your nails before they start paining. This seems like a small thing that can be skipped, but it is actually really important. The alcohol, or nail polish remover, gets rid of all the traces of oil from your nails. Doing this will allow the polish to create a longer lasting bond with your nail.

Getting too much polish right next to your cuticles can cause it to spill over onto your nails, which is annoying to clean off. But it can also cause them to chip more easily at the base because the polish is not sealed at the edge of the nail well.

It’s easy to file your nails wrong too, which can cause them to break, totally wrecking your mani. Always file in only one direction instead of back and forth. It really is the little things that make a big difference.

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The video also offers an awesome tip for those times you’re in a bind and don’t have any nail polish remover. Instead of chipping the polish completely off, just use this hack: paint a coat of new polish on top and then immediately wipe it off before it dries. The old polish will stick to the new, and it will all get wiped off together, revealing a clean nail.

Now you won’t make these mistakes the next time you paint your nails.

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