Let's play a little word association game. I say "manicure," you say "how do I keep it from chipping?" Ok, maybe that was question association. But nonetheless, it's a topic we all think about on the regular... and we have all read 34983+ articles about how to make it happen.
And maybe I'm the only one, but for some reason no matter what tips and tricks I follow - MY MANI STILL CHIPS TOO EARLY. So instead of another "use this special base coat" post that sadly doesn't offer a real solution, here are a few ways AROUND the solution. Think of it as the one form of cheating that's A-OK with everyone involved.
The Sticker Fake-Out:
Especially helpful on gel nails, which tend to highlight nail growth at the cuticle, sheer nail stickers with a little sparkle at the base of the nail act as a perfect camouflage. Not only can you not see the re-growth, but you have a cool new design over your old color for a least a week. It's like two manicures in one. I love L'Oreal Paris Nail Lingerie.
The Fuzzy Confusion:
Too many layers of lacquer = fast chipping. Instead of using a base, two coats of color, maybe a sparkly accent layer and then finally your top coat, take those coats down a notch by choosing a highly pigmented polish. After your base, apply one coat of the color followed by a fun textured polish. Nails Inc Feathers Effect is a great option as the formula holding the feathers is very thin and clear, allowing for longer wear while still adding flair. Some textured lacquers don't even require a base coat after.
A fast way to cover up a chip is to paint a streak of a different color horizontally across the tip of the offending nail. Now that an accent nail has become the status quo, no one will look twice if one or two of your digits have a unique look. If you still want uniform nails, it is uber easy to paint a fast strip across all of your fingers.