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How to Make a Manicure Last Longer

How-To: Make Your Mani Last and Last and Last. And Last

Only a rookie makes the mistake of thinking that it's all about the hair and makeup at fashion week. The trained eye goes straight to the talons. Any talons. Models. Makeup artists. Muses. They're all bound to be saying something about what we should be wearing. And once the new "it" colour has been decided, it's vital that you make the most out of it, so I cornered Delta Goodrem's manicurist, Mel Sdao, at an OPI event last night to talk staying power.

Keep reading . . .Clean up: Mel says that it's vital that the nail bed is clean to start with—you don't want any excess oil messing with how your base coat adheres to the nail.

First base: Yes a base coat really is necessary. I checked. It helps make sure that the nail bed is smooth and even, perfectly primed for polish application. It also saves any pigment from the polish transferring onto your nail and leaving them stained.

Double up: You should paint two thin layers of polish, according to Mel. Making sure with one of them that you cap the nail—paint the tip of the tip. That's where chipping is most likely so capping is very important.

Top it up: A top coat should be applied, and then a few drops of OPI Drip Dry ($23.95), which is used backstage at all of the shows. It leaves nails dry to the touch in just 60 seconds, with nails completely dry within a few minutes. I always apply another layer of top coat after 48 hours too.

Stockists: OPI (1800 358 999)

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