How to Prevent a Manicure From Chipping—and How to Fix It When It Does

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Bright nail colors make a statement. When they chip, that statement is "I just came from the monkey bars." Here’s how to keep your manicure looking good for as long as possible.

Protect your polish. Reapply topcoat every few days and your nails will stay glossy and smooth through the week. Keep these coats as thin as possible. "Too many coats will eventually chip," says manicurist Miss Pop.

Buff away chips. If they’re small and right at the tip of your nail, file your nails down to get rid of them. If the nail file is gentle, likes ones made of glass, it won’t mess up your polish.

Cover up.If the chips are too big to file away, hide them under a topcoat that has fine glitter, which "covers better than chunky ones," says Julie Kandalec, creative director at Paintbox. (Try Zoya Sparkle Gloss Topcoat.) And if the chips are near your cuticles, go for a glitter ombreé: Dab the glitter across the bottom of your nail, wipe the brush clean, then use it to drag some of the glitter up.

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