One weird tip for longer lasting nail polish!

Want to know how to make your nail polish last longer?

Okay, but first, I have to show you one of the ugliest parts of me…

My feet…Weird tip for making your nail polish last longer. 2+ weeks!!! ~LadyWithTheRedRocker~

Don’t laugh! Okay, you can if you want to. The tan line is fantastic, isn’t it?

I came across this weird tip on Pinterest from Raining Hot Coupons to make your nail polish last longer, and I tried it. It totally works!

Do you want to know what it is?

Drum roll please…

Are you ready?

Here it is…

Weird tip for making your nail polish last longer. 2+ weeks!!! ~LadyWithTheRedRocker~

Apple cider vinegar! Seriously?

Yes. Seriously.

Just apply to a cotton ball and wipe over unpainted nails and let dry. I did two coats of the vinegar, and it worked amazingly well. After the vinegar is dry, paint your nails as normal.

This is a two-week old paint job that I did for the Fourth of July.

Weird tip for making your nail polish last longer. 2+ weeks!!! ~LadyWithTheRedRocker~

(Okay, I realize some of the stripes are a little ghetto, but let’s not look at technique here people! It’s the staying power of the polish that we are interested in! Stay focused!) :D

I thought my nails looked pretty good (from a distance! *ahem*), and this was after two weeks with NO TOUCH UPS!

Are you kidding me!?!

No, I’m not. Pretty cool huh?

These are the colors I used…

Weird tip for making your nail polish last longer. 2+ weeks!!! ~LadyWithTheRedRocker~

So patriotic if I do say so myself! :)

I spent under $6 dollars for all three colors. Pretty cheap for a long-lasting nail job.

Here are the color numbers…

Weird tip for making your nail polish last longer. 2+ weeks!!! ~LadyWithTheRedRocker~

Oh, and one more thing I forgot to mention…

I also did not use any clear topcoat.

Can you believe that!? It’s true.

Just vinegar and polish.

Weird tip for making your nail polish last longer. 2+ weeks!!! ~LadyWithTheRedRocker~

I love simple little tips to make my life easier, don’t you?!

Have a lovely week, and try not to think about by big, fat, ugly toes! I know I may have scarred you for life, and I’m sorry. :D

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*P.S. Just to clarify. This was two weeks of open toe shoes/sandals and no swimming. Just in case you were wondering. :)


One weird tip for longer lasting nail polish! — 45 Comments

  1. What about a basecoat? Do you still need to use that to keep your nail from yellowing or does the ACV negate the base coat as well as the top coat?

    • Katherine, I did not use a base coat either. I’m not sure if ACV will keep your nails from yellowing or not. I have not noticed mine turning yellow, but that might not be the case for everyone. Sorry I could not be of more help. Thanks for stopping by! :)

  2. Love this tip! Pinning:) And at least you don’t have a sneaker foot with no tan:) I’d love to have my nails done like yours. Stop by. I posted fabric flower refashion to the JAQ party!

    • Hi Miranda!
      Yes, you can also use this on fingernails, but I have never used it myself. I would say it would help your polish to stay on longer than normal, but it would all depend on how much wear and tear your hands get. You could help the staying power of the polish by using a base and top coat as well. Hope this helps! So glad you stopped by! :)

  3. Your feet are cute, tan line and all! Thanks for this tip! ACV is good for your nails, I’m pretty sure it also helps with fungus (HATE that word!). I will try this! Julia

  4. I was thinking eh, ok, this is cool and then I saw that it lasted that long without a top coat and I was like, whoa! Very nice tip- thank you. And I think your toes look cute.

  5. Well we certainly have the magic ingredient in most of our kitchens! So nice not to have to buy somethings else AND what have we got to loose to try it? Great tip. Thanks.

  6. Awesome! Going to try this tonight. Have you done it on your finger nails or just your toes? My polish always seems to chip around the second week. Ive used expensive polishes, cheap polishes, all sorts of base and topcoats. Vinegar never crossed my mind though. I wonder why it works so well? Thanks for sharing your tip. p.s. Your toes are great!

    • Thank you! :)
      I’ve never used it on my fingernails so I wouldn’t be able to compare it. It would also lengthen the time that the polish was on your fingers, but I couldn’t say by how much. Since I don’t normally use a top or base coat (I’m just too impatient to wait for it!), that could be something you could try that will help keep the polish on even longer. Hope this helps! So glad you stopped by! :)

  7. I get only gel polish on my nails and it lasts forever. It actually doesn’t chip or wear off at all, just nails grow out but it remains perfect !!

    • Dee, what kind of gel polish do you use? I have been looking at the gel system but I already have really thin nails so I want to make sure I use something that does not damage them – some of them you have to buff your nails or use a knife like tool to scrape the gel off. Thanks in advance for the info.

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  9. 1st time in my LIFE that I’ve been able to wear nail polish on my NATURAL nails!!!! I’m 49 yrs old, and this is the most AWESOME trick!!!!

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  11. Great tip, thanks. I’ll pass it on to my daughter. And maybe even try it mysellf if I can ever give up my craft polish to use on myself!


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  18. I have found an easy way to make nails last longer and look great without nail polish or going to the salon.

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