Nail polish: how to care for it
There are studies that claim that previously, during economic crises, women spent more on lip paintings. New studies say that in countries in crisis, women are spending more on nail polishes. Both of these things make sense. If you do not have the money to buy a new dress, or shoes, you can have the low cost of a lipstick or nail polish.
And it is that having the nails fixed and with a beautiful paint is a way to rejoice instantly. One feels neat, more elegant and, if the pocket is tight, it is the way to be fashionable at a very low price.
1 Cold, cold
Heat is lousy for enamels, they always cause them to thicken or separate. The best way to make your nail polish last longer is to store it in the fridge. If it seems exaggerated, or your fridge is very small, put them in a cool and preferably dark place. It is best to place them in a box, where they will be ordered. In my case, I have a plastic box in the fridge, where I keep the paintings as soon as I bring them home. That ensures they don’t thicken and stay fluid any longer.
The enamels that do not move, end up with a slight top layer that ends up thickening or, worse, with the ingredients separated. That is why every 2 days or so, you must move your enamels to make them more fluid. Before using them, you should also shake it. Once you finish painting your nails, wiggle it again.
Air is the great enemy of your nail polishes, as it oxidizes and thickens them. Ideally, keep them well covered until the time of use, after using them, cover them immediately. It is not a good idea that it takes hours to do your nails and as long as you leave the brush out of the bottle or do not close the lid. It is also convenient to carefully tighten the lid so that it closes tightly. Before finishing, take a cotton swab soaked in nail polish remover and carefully clean the edge. That way, you’ll always be lump-free and close better.
4 Bath of Mary?
There are people who consider that one way to save a thick enamel is to put it for a few minutes in the bain-marie. That way the enamel becomes more fluid and they can use it easily. You must have read that several times, but we don’t recommend it. Precisely, if what is thought is that the cold preserves the enamel, it is impossible that subjecting it to heat does it good. Maybe it will serve you for once, but most likely you will spoil the enamel in the moment, because the ingredients separate or that after that occasion, the enamel is so thick that there is no possibility of using it again.
5 Acetone and diluents
This is another way to make a thick enamel lighten. We don’t recommend it either. Acetone not only affects the enamel, taking away the shine, but it is also not convenient to leave it on your nails for so long. Diluents, while specially made to fluidize enamels, may work better, but don’t expect the enamel to be the same as when it was new. It will be more fluid, you can use it, but your manicure will last less. By the way, you will also read out there that it is good to add alcohol to the enamel, we do not recommend it at all, because what you will do is spoil it.
6 And what is the solution?
It is very simple: it is better to buy good quality enamels, because they will protect your nails and, above all, they will last much longer without peeling. Once you buy them, put them in the fridge and they will last longer. Do not leave the enamel badly covered because it will spoil. It is better that you do not invent tricks to dilute it. I prefer to buy small bottles, because although they last less time, it is also true that while they last, the enamel is always fine.
Don’t forget to always protect your nails. After you remove the enamel, wash them well with brush and soap, so that there are no traces. Do not put cream or oil, because that will make the enamel not adhere well. Use base to protect the nail, then the enamel and finally a shine.