Here is a good way to keep your nail polish lasting longer, looking better, and avoid chipping.
Step 1. Make sure your nails are clean of any old polish, dirt, and oils to ensure the polish will adhere to the nail bed.
Step 2. Always apply a thin clear layer of base coat to protect the nails and prep them for polish. Let the base coat dry completely before applying the first layer of polish.
Step 3. Apply a thin layer of color to the nails and let dry completely. I like to keep the thumb for last to help with any needed clean up along the way.
Step 4. Don't forget to polish the tips of the nails at this point, this helps keep the polish from chipping and gives the nails a nice finished look.
Step 5. Apply a thin second layer of polish once the first is completely dry. Two thin layers of polish is much better than one thick layer that will take too long to dry and want to lift from the nail.
Step 6. After second layer is dry add a top coat to finish and seal the polish. Make sure you apply the top coat over the whole nail. I prefer to use a top coat with a lot of shine to make the nails look fresh longer.
Step 7. Give your nails plenty of drying time to ensure there are no smudges or dents in your fresh polish.