WORTH THE WAIT
While every step of your mani/pedi matters, it’s critical to fine-tune your finish. Always use cool air to dry your nails and give yourself 15-30 minutes for the polish to fully set. If you’re really in a pinch, “Put your hands in ice water. Not only does it set the polish to last longer, but it also cuts down on drying time,” says Romain.
GIVE YOURSELF A RE-SET
Polish chips. It happens. Looking for a reboot? One option is to use a bit of pure acetone along the chip’s edge. Holford offers this hint: “Tap polish thinly on that spot until the color matches the rest of the nail.” After the polish dries, gloss top coat thinly over the whole nail. Romain points out, “When the nail is actually dry, you can also try buffing the chipped area to level it out.”
While it's great to welcome the surf, sun and our favorite freebie exfoliator, it also wreaks havoc on polish. Slipping into water shoes at the beach like Seastar ($90;seastarbeachwear.com) is a lifesaver for this triple threat. Also, try soaking in the rays while utilizing the UV protection in Seche Vite’s Ultra V Top Coat ($9;sallybeauty.com) or INM’s Out the Door Top Coat ($5; walgreens.com). Although water exposure is never ideal, don’t worry about temperature since, “It doesn’t affect nails once they are set,” according to Romain. Your final summer tip? Sun tan lotions are essential, but they can affect your polish’s pigment. So opt for the spray formulas like Sun Bum Original Spray Sunscreen ($16; target.com) or Elta MD UV Aero Broad Spectrum Sunscreen ($31 ; dermstore.com).
This article previously appeared on InStyle US.