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Getting a manicure is always a fun treat, but an annoying little chip can ruin the whole look. Rather than giving up your favorite lattes for a week every time you want polished nails, click through for nine amazing ideas you haven't tried yet that'll make them last way longer.
"Thoroughly clean the nail bed with a small piece of paper towel soaked in non-acetone-based polish remover before applying your base coat. This step is so important in preparing your nails for polish application. Use a small square of paper towel soaked in polish remover—not cotton, since that can leave residue on the nail." -Nadine Abramcyk, co-founder of TenOverTen
"Shorter nails help to prevent chipping since your nails aren't physically touching as many surfaces." -Nadine Abramcyk, co-founder of TenOverTen

"A rounded shape helps for a longer lasting nail polish application." -Jin Soon Choi, celebrity manicurist and founder of Jin Soon Hand & Foot Spa

Filing your nails into a more rounded shape maximizes the strength of the nail, which prevents breakage.

"Always paint the free edge of your nail with polish as that will help seal the polish and prevent chipping in the future. It truly makes a huge difference." -Nadine Abramcyk, co-founder of TenOverTen

Certain formulas work better than others. Matte formulas are generally not long-lasting. Glitter polishes have more grip—though they inevitably take longer to get off when you want to change your polish!

"There are also new formulas with gel technology that extend the life of nail polish, but aren't formulated with gel ingredients, like my entire JINsoon line." -Jin Soon Choi, celebrity manicurist and founder of Jin Soon Hand & Foot Spa

"Moisturize your cuticles as often as three or four times a day. If you have very dry cuticles, use cuticle oil, which is more effective and works faster; otherwise, cuticle cream is good for daily use.  In terms of ingredients to look out for, I like argan oil and vitamin E." -Jin Soon Choi, celebrity manicurist and founder of Jin Soon Hand & Foot Spa
"Don't put your hands in water for several hours after doing your nails. That means avoid showering or jumping in the pool! If you immerse your hands in water after getting a manicure, then the moisture gets locked into your nails and your manicure will not last as long." -Nadine Abramcyk, co-founder of TenOverTen
"When you're applying sunscreen to your hands, try to avoid your nails as much as possible since some sunscreen ingredients can interfere with the lasting power of some polishes." -Nadine Abramcyk, co-founder of TenOverTen
"Reapply a topcoat every two or three days. If you apply a top coat every day, your nail polish will look thick, but spacing it out makes sure the mani will last as long as possible without sacrificing the look." -Jin Soon Choi, celebrity manicurist and founder of Jin Soon Hand & Foot Spa