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Wash your hands and fingernails with a nail brush & soap before applying any polish, then make sure they're completely dry
You may need a base coat. Some people find base coats help their polish stay on, others find it unnecessary. I think it depends on how much you use your hands. Since my mom uses her hands alot, she finds it helps but I don't use my hands much so I don't use a base coat.
Then apply polish. wait. apply second coat if you do(some people do, some don't).
A tip I read in Allure is when you polish, make sure to polish the edges of you nails with both the nail polish and the top coat. That helps "seal" them and prevent cracking.
Then use a top coat. Allure said to do the top coat, then wait. do another top coat. and a couple of hours later do a top coat.
it's obviously personal preference.
Do you use Seche? or what brands of polish?