Base Coats for a No-Chip Mani and Pedi
The foundation of a perfect polish job is a solid base.
A base coat may not be the sexiest part of a manicure, but it’s important. The right base extends the life of a mani-pedi by creating a barrier between the polish and the oils in the nail bed, which helps bond the color better. Some bases can even moisturize or diminish the look of ridges and indentations.
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If you like the look of clear polish, buff your nails, then apply two coats of base and a top coat, which will help lock in the shine. Look for a strengthening formula with horsetail, which is packed with silica to keep your natural nails from breaking.
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The darker the polish, the more crucial the base step. This will prevent the hue from staining your nail beds (same goes for neon and glittery picks.)
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If you’re going to use your base as a top coat too, be sure to pick a polish that was specially formulated to be both. Using a regular top coat as a base could make your color peel; applying a base as the last step won’t get you that glorious shine.
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