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How to keep your nails shiny and chip-free after a day in the sun

Who doesn’t love a day at the beach? The relaxing crash of the waves lulls you into a restful state as you soak up the sun's healing rays. As great as this day is, it can also wreak havoc on your meticulously manicured nails. Sand, saltwater, and sun exposure can quickly dull your manicure or cause chips. However, with a few simple tips and tricks, you can keep your nails looking flawless and shiny throughout your beach day and beyond.

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Select a Beach-Inspired Gel Polish Color

When choosing a nail polish color for the beach, opt for a shade that compliments the seaside atmosphere and brighten up your overall look. Can’t pick a fav? You don’t have to! An absolute must for any beach-fan is our Road Trip Trio which has the best of the best beach worthy shades. From a fun, vivid orange to a soft, ultra-light beige, you’ll get all the colors you need to match your beach vacay vibe. Even better, it includes one of this season’s “must haves” Mint Chocolate Chip.

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At-home manicure tips for a long-lasting, chip-free manicure

Achieving a chip-free and shiny manicure after a day at the beach is possible with a little extra care and attention. You can enjoy your beach day with confidence, knowing that your nails will stay fabulous long after the sun goes down!


Opt for long-wearing gel polish

For a beach day, consider using gel polish or long-wear formula, like Le Mini Macaron gel polishes. Our gel polishes are designed to be more durable and resistant to chips and wear, making them perfect for extended nail longevity. Apply two coats of your chosen polish, and seal in the color with our LED lamps. Our at-home gel kits have everything you need to get salon-worthy manicures at home.


Here are some of our favorite colors:


1. Watermelon Sorbet: A mouthwatering warm, coral red, perfect for beach and pool days and everything in between. This vibrant hue adds a tropical touch to your nails.


2. Blue Lagoon: A relaxed, cool-toned turquoise blue will make your nails stand out and match the beach's waters.


3. Creme Brulee: Nude shades resembling beach sand can give your nails an elegant and understated look that complements any beach outfit. Our fav nude, this shade is sheer, creamy, and gorgeous with peachy-pink undertones.


4. Mint Chocolate Chip: This soft and light creamy mint green shade is super pretty on any skin tone and looks fantastic with beachwear.

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Apply a Top Coat

If you are heading to the beach, our number one piece of advice for keeping that high-gloss shine is using our Top Coat. The top coat acts as a barrier to prevent chipping and fading caused by environmental elements. It’s no wonder it’s one of our best selling products. Our cherie girls love to shine!


Strengthen, protect, and hydrate your nails.

Often overlooked, this three-step process extends the length of your mani and protects your nails in the process. Keep your hands and cuticles moisturized throughout the day to prevent your nails from drying out. Dry nails are more prone to chipping and breaking. Our Love Your Nails - Nail Treatment Trio contains the three must-haves to strengthen, smooth, and hydrate your nails at home.


Apply Sunscreen to Nails

Sunscreen is not just for your skin. Applying sunscreen to your nails and cuticles can help protect them from harmful UV rays, preventing color fading and yellowing. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF, and remember to reapply every couple of hours or after swimming. Sunscreen specifically formulated for hands and nails are also available and can offer additional protection.


Pack a Nail Emergency Kit

If you notice any small chips or imperfections in your manicure, fix them immediately with a small brush and matching nail polish. The longer you wait, the more likely the chips will worsen. Prepare a small nail emergency kit to carry with you to the beach. If you notice any chips or wear, you can quickly touch up your nails using these items. Remember to use light, thin layers and allow each coat to dry before applying the next. Our mini gel manicure kit has everything you need to stay chic on the go.


Moisturize Regularly

After spending time in the sand and surf, it's crucial to restore moisture to your nails and cuticles. This is particularly true after swimming in the saltwater. Be sure to rinse your hands with fresh water to remove any salt residue. Avoid rubbing your nails with a towel; instead, gently pat them dry to prevent any chipping or peeling.


Apply a nourishing cuticle oil or cream to keep them hydrated and prevent dryness. Hydrated nails are less likely to chip or break. Make moisturizing a daily habit to maintain healthy-looking nails and to extend the lifespan of your manicure. From cuticle oils to hand creams, we have everything you need to take care of your nails after a day of fun in the sun.


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