Manicure - getting your nails done
Bright nails in the summer months always add a pop of color to your look. But with your toes exposed in your favorite summer sandals -- and your hands immersed in the sea and sand -- you need to take some extra steps to make your polish stay put. Our expert manicurist Jaimi Brooks is here to let you in on the secrets of lasting nail color.

Creative Nail Design Stickey base coat
1. Start with a really great manicure or pedicure.

Before applying the nail color, be sure to use a high-quality base coat like Creative Nail Design's Stickey on an extremely clean nail. Any oily or greasy residue on your nails will prevent the base coat or color from fully adhering to your nail's surface and lead to a less durable application.

Sally Hansen Double Duty Strengthening Base and Top Coat
2. Never, ever skip the top coat!

Sally Hansen's Double Duty Strengthening Base & Top Coat is a great buy to make your polish last a long time. Apply one coat the day after your manicure or pedicure, and your polish will be that much shinier and last longer.

When your toenail polish is looking a little lackluster and dull, slap on another coat of top coat and put a drop of cuticle oil on each toe. Voila! You've just bought yourself another couple of pedicure-persevering days!

Astor Quick 'N Go nail polish
3. Go bright!

The more vivid the polish you use (like one of our faves, Astor Quick 'N Go's "Summer Tango"), the longer your manicure or pedicure will keep looking pretty. Nudes and sheers just don't hold up to long strolls in sandals and sandy days at the beach.