2 Secrets to a Lasting Manicure

I had my nails done professionally recently for a photo shoot. No big deal. Over a week later, though, I was still rocking that same manicure. For me, that’s miraculous because my manicures are almost always ruined within two days. I have nails that peel and crack.

This image first appeared in Put A Ring On It.
I’ve received a few questions about the nude color I’m wearing at the end of that post. It’s Zoya “Loretta”.

I thought about what that manicurist did and I’ve been testing it out on my nails. I’ve finally figured out her secret. There’s something special about the base and top coats that she uses. Since I’ve started using those same products at home, my manicures last a long time too. Want to know what those are? Keep reading.

I’m bypassing critical steps to a lasting manicure because I’m sure you got those down, like starting with a clean and smooth surface and with nails that are properly shaped. I apply CND Stickey base coat, which is designed to anchor nail color to the nail. I then apply my color of choice. Next, I seal the deal with a coat of Seche dry fast top coat, a product that is supposed to penetrate all the way down to the nail bed and create a strong bond. I don’t know about all that, but it dries instantly and somehow prevents my nails from chipping and peeling.

2 secrets to a lasting manicure:

I’ve been using these products since June, and I’ve been wearing manicures all the time because they last now. I especially love the top coat because it dries so quickly that I can sneak in a manicure right before doing things that would usually ruin a manicure (like showering or going to bed).


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  1. August 4, 2015 / 5:50 pm

    I need to add both of these to my nail care kit. Thanks for sharing!

    • August 5, 2015 / 2:26 am

      I highly recommend them, Miss Dre! Let me know what you think.

  2. Nerd Girl
    August 5, 2015 / 12:19 pm

    Seche Vite is the truth! I've been using it for years – I do my own nails and I have been able to get a good week out of my manicures since I started using it. My pedicures last forever and only my tiring of the color makes changing my polish weekly a necessity.

    I use whatever base coat I have on hand, but am going to give Stickey a try just for the heck of it.Thanks!

    • August 5, 2015 / 12:39 pm

      That's awesome! I'm so glad to know Seche Vite now. You said it. It is the truth! Let me know what you think of the base coat. It is the best.

  3. Lioness Warner
    August 18, 2017 / 9:19 am

    I am going to try those. I was planning on buying OPI infinite shine.

  4. August 18, 2017 / 3:33 pm

    I bought them both based on your recommendation. Love them!

    • August 19, 2017 / 8:32 am

      That’s awesome. You’re going to love them, Alison. I haven’t used anything else since trying these products.