5 Ways To Make Your Manicure Last

An at-home manicure can last up to 7-10 days with some extra attention to detail. Prep your nails beforehand by using a nail strengthening serum, or simply a lightweight oil which will help keep nail-beds looking healthy.

Once you have perfected this step, here are a few additional tips to keep your manicure looking flawless for at least one week.

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To keep your nails looking better for longer, it is important to trim them at least once a week. Common breakage can occur within the tip of the nail, so keep them short and sweet. Use a nail file to gently buff into a short curve, then apply a moisturiser to lock-in hydration.


Avoid lathering your nails with too many coats of nail polish. This will only build-up on the nail-bed, and cause cracks on arise on the sides. As a general rule, apply no more than 3 coats (including a top coat), to clean, healthy nails.

Hot water

Common tasks such as washing the dishes can turn a fresh manicure into a complete mess. Frequently use rubber gloves to protect your nails against the hot water, and keep your manicure looking brand new. Detergents and sponges also contribute to flakey nails, so rubber gloves are an absolute must-have in any woman’s kitchen!


Moisturisers and other creams are packed with oils which seep into the nail bed and create an uneven base for nail polish. But this doesn’t mean you should stop using hand moisturiser! Start with freshly washed hands, and pay attention to drying the nail beds properly with a dry towel.

Top coat

Finish your manicure with a top-coat to lock-in shine, and also protect your nails. Most formulas are quick-drying, so you won’t have to wait more than 10 minutes trying to awkwardly dry your nails.

Do you have any tips for a long-lasting manicure?

Image via Amelia Liana

January 13, 2015

How to do Perfect Manicure

Perfect your manicure

Want to learn how to do your nails like a pro? Well read on and nail it!Thanks to style sisters Antonia and Nicole Kidman the American nail bar trend has finally hit our shores after they recently opened their first nail bar in conjunction with Grace Brothers. But, not all of us live in an ideal world where we have a spare hour to run and fix our nails. So, SheSaid decided to concoct a must-follow guide to nailing the perfect manicure. Before you start though there are a few things you need.

Tools of the trade:

  • Small bowl with hot water (this is for soaking your hands )
  • Cuticle cream (check out your local Chemist because there are heaps of great cuticle creams available.)
  • Orange stick
  • Cuticle cutter
  • Nail clipper
  • Emery Board
  • Nail polish (have a look at our fave colours from last weeks edition)
  • Top Coat

Get ready:

Apply a small amount of cuticle cream or oil to the base of the nail and rub it in, then put your fingers into the bowl of hot water. Your fingernails are going to need at least 10 mins soaking so put some music on or watch a video you’ve been meaning to hire. Now after 10 your cuticles will definitely be soft and ready to be pushed back with your orange stick. Use the bevel of the orange stick to lift the cuticle from the nail so you can cut it away.

Before you cut make sure you are very careful because nail clippers are sharper than you think and if you pull at your skin you will end up with a very messy manicure. So, try to not pull up while you cut the cuticle. This is serious work!


March 8, 2002