Whether you’re diving into the pool, laying out in the sun all day or posting the latest pics of your adventures on social media, your nails are bound to take a beating this season. And unfortunately, all that wear and tear can lead to unsightly chipped polish. Although you can keep a mini polish bottle with you at all times, it’s best to opt for lacquer finishes that can stand up to the elements. Read on to find out the best and worst polishes to wear during the summer.
Much like you’ve swapped winter layering for lightweight fabrics, it’s time to let your nails breathe with barely-there polish. Sheer lacquer delivers a subtle hint of color without commanding too much attention, which means that a minor chip won’t be as noticeable. For best results, apply a perfecting base coat, then apply the color in super-thin, even coats using the 3-stroke painting method.
For mesmerizing tips that Ariel would be proud of, opt for multi-faceted shades with a pearlescent finish. These hues not only mirror the changing colors of a mermaid’s tail when it hits the light, they look just as fresh on Day 3 as they did on Day 1 thanks to the formula’s natural sheen.
Although it may seem like it would last longer because it doesn’t have any shine, matte polish is usually the first to chip. Unlike traditional glossy lacquer, matte polish is missing that final protective layer, making it more prone to chipping or flaking. Unless you plan on babying your nails during the summer months, it’s best to steer clear of luster-free polish.
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