Waterless manicures are found to make your manicures last longer then when you have your nails soaked in water.
When you soak your fingers in water, your nail expands, so if you put polish on after that, before they've started to shrink back to their regular size, the polish will be ready to chip the moment you touch it to something. You should apply cuticle remover, softly push back the skin and wipe the nail clean. Then, if you have any skin sticking up, you can carefully trim just that piece and buff. Remember to avoid cuticle cutting as much as possible. The small area of skin is there to protect your nails from infection. When this skin is removed, your nail is left unprotected from bacteria and fungus.