Nail File: Do Base Coats & Top Coats Really Work?

When you’re in a hurry, it’s easy to slap on one coat of colored polish and head out the door. But in order to keep your at-home manicure chip-free and looking great longer than just a few days, it’s important to apply a base and top coat. Not convinced? Check out the pros of these polishes below.

Why You Need a Base and Top Coat

Benefits of a base coat:

  1. A base coat sticks to your natural nail and helps secure the colored polish you’ve picked.
  2. Nutrients like protein, vitamin E, and calcium can all be found in base polishes, which work to prevent nails from breaking and splitting.
  3. Acting like a foundation or primer, base coats keep colored polish from directly touching your nails and turning them yellow.


My recommendations:
ORLY’s “Bonder” and essie’s “First Base

Benefits of a top coat:

  1. A top coat seals polish to the nail, acting like a protector to shield your colored polish from chipping and giving you a longer-lasting manicure.
  2. Many nail-polish shades, like neon hues, dry matte. But by using a top coat, you can restore that coveted shine.
  3. Uneven application happens – especially when you’re using of-the-moment glitter polishes. By applying a top coat, you can smooth out bumps and visible brush strokes for a professional-looking manicure.


My recommendations:
Deborah Lippmann’s “Addicted To Speed” and Seche Vite’s “Dry Fast

By Carolyn Schultz, Staff Writer

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