5 pro nail tips for a lasting manicure

Written by Rachel Johnston


There’s nothing like a fresh mani to make you feel pretty and pampered. We’re swooning over CND’s 2017 Holiday Collection, Glacial Illusion, which includes fun shades like Mystic Slate and, our fave, Radiant Chill (a chrome-tastic pink). While we explored the new line at Burrard’s Prep Beauty Parlour, Powell River-based CND nail technician Denise Arnold provided us with these helpful tips to make sure your manicure lasts.

1. Moisturize your cuticles

There’s no such thing as too much. In the winter months, aim for a few times a day.

2. Don’t use your hands as tools

Your results will only last as long as you avoid chip-inducing circumstances. When it’s time to get down to business (those pots won’t scrub themselves), throw on some gloves.

3. Choose your polish wisely

If you lead a busy life and don’t have time for maintenance, Shellac is the way to go (it typically lasts two weeks). But if you get bored easily and often change colour to match your outfits, stick to regular polish, which averages three days of good wear.

4. Protect from the cold

Invest in a cute new pair of gloves or mittens this winter. Even Vancouver’s mild climate can cause dryness in the chilly months.

5. Use a topcoat

The final layer is there for a reason and it’s exactly what you might think: to seal the colour in and prevent chipping. Top coats can also add a cool finish like festive glitter, matte or classic pearl.

Written by Rachel Johnston. Learn more at Vitadaily.ca.