Why nail polish lasts one second on your fingers and 10 million years on your toes.

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that a woman in possession of a brand-new matching manicure and pedicure usually feels pretty darn smug about her enviable nails.

That said, it’s equally true that the shiny put-together feeling you get from a freshly painted set of fingernails usually lasts as long as a plate of Tim Tams at morning tea.

Meanwhile, the paint on your toenails is like that ageing packet of digestives in your grandma’s pantry that no-one ever seems to make a dent in.

Why is that?


Well, according to Smith & Cult Beauty Ambassador, Sarah Bland, who was quizzed about it by Bustlethere’s a couple of reasons you can’t even make it from the salon to your car without chipping your colour.

“Polish lasts longer on toes than fingers because we use our hands as tools and they’re in water much more often than toes,” told the website.

It seems obvious, of course we constantly use our hands for everything; typing, hitching up our pants, scratching behind our ears, eating… EVERYTHING!

That said, there are a few ways you can keep your fingertips fancy for longer.

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First of all, you should always use a base coat and top coat but even before that, it's a good idea to clean your nails with nail polish remover to get rid of extra dirt and oil.

It's also a good idea to give them a little buff with before you get painting.

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Keep your nails short, paint lots of thin layers rather than one thick one and don't wait too long to add your top coat.

Et voila! Perfect nails for all eternity or, let's be real, until you next try to open a jar.