Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Sticky Sandwich Nail Polish Technique

Such an odd name for something beauty-related, but the "sticky sandwich" or "bonder sandwich" technique has been a fantastic help for my nail polish woes! This is normally what happens when I paint my nails, no matter what type of polish, top coat, or base coat I use:
Day 1: Paint my nails with a fabulous color.
Day 2: Watch polish begin to chip.
Day 3: Pick at the polish because it's been chipping (ugh). Remove polish.

The sticky sandwich method helps polish adhere to the nails and keeps your manicure intact much longer! While I've heard that using this technique can make your polish last for up to 2 weeks, this is not the case for me (mine lasts about 5 days before chipping or tip wear begins to appear). That being said, a few extra days of great-looking polish is a small miracle for my nails!

What you'll need:
Nail file, buffing square, nail polish remover
Orly Bonder base coat (or any "rubberizing" or "sticky" base coat)
Nail polish
Top coat (I sometimes use Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat, but have found great results with other top coats as well!)

  1. Prep your nails. File and buff into the shape of your choosing. Wash hands to remove dust, then dry and apply a light layer of nail polish remover (this ensures there are no residual oils on your nails, which helps keep your base coat in place).
  2. Apply a light layer of Orly Bonder - be sure to cover nail tips and a little under the nail as well. Let dry for 5-6 minutes.
  3. Coat nails with your regular nail polish. Again, this should be a light layer. Let dry for at least 5 minutes.
  4. If desired, apply another light coat of polish. Let dry for another 5 minutes.
  5. (Almost done!) Apply another light coat of Orly Bonder to create a "sticky sandwich."
  6. If you are using the Seche Vite Fast Dry top coat, apply it on top of the last layer while it is still wet. Seche Vite only works well when the polish below it is still wet, otherwise your polish will eventually peel off. If you are using a different top coat, wait as usual for the layer below to dry before applying.
  7. Let your nails dry for 10-20 minutes.
This technique is a bit time-consuming but well worth it in the end. Try the sticky sandwich and let me know how it worked for you!

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