1. Prep the surface
Swipe clean nails with a cotton ball soaked in nail polish remover.
Try a nonacetone remover without hydrators like lanolin.
2. Choose the right base.
Use a clear base coat that will grab the color.
Try Orly Bonder Rubberized Base coat
Remember if you use a top coat as a base coat by mistake it will shortchange your manicure.
3. Pick a pearly polish
Shimmery polishes like those from Essie have the longest staying power.
Pearlescent formulas, with fine mica particles, are likelier to withstand wear than matte ones.
4. Top it off.
Steer clean of quick dry formulas, you lose in protection.
A regular top coat is slow to dry but is more lustrous and lasts longer.
5. Oil daily.
A dry nail and hardened polish need oil to help keep polish from chipping and nails from peeling.
Just before bedtime use a few drops of oil on your nails.
Credit: Portions of this article was taken from a Good Housekeeping magazine dated March 2011.