Priming your nails is the most important step in nail polish application. In fact, investing in a great base coat will make a huge difference in your at-home mani.
Most people think that base coats are completely unnecessary when it comes to applying nail polish. A base coat is colourless and looks pretty much like a top coat, making it less attractive to buy. Other DIY manicurists think that base coat is just some fancy polish that professional nail specialists use.
How Base Coats Work
According to nail chemist Faina Ritz, base coat formulas include polymers and plasticisers that dry to a clear, rubbery film. This film acts as a double-sided sticky layer that adheres to both the nail and the nail polish.
A base coat protects your nails while boosting the finish and longevity of your colourful nail polish. In essence, a base coat is a nail primer. Here are more specific reasons why you really need to use a base coat.
A base coat protects your nails from stains.
Most nail polishes, particularly those in bold and vibrant colours, contain ingredients that react chemically with your nails. This is one reason why you're left with nasty yellow stains after a week of wearing that vibrant red nail polish. A base coat protects your nails from stains by forming a protective layer.
A base coat makes it easier for you to apply even layers of nail polish.
If your nail beds are rough or ridged, the right base coat can save you from all the trouble of your nail condition. Base coats have a rubbery, flexible quality. A layer of base coat serves as a smooth, even canvas for your polish. As a result, your nail colour will apply effortlessly.
A base coat boosts the longevity of your manicure and pedicure.
Base coats form a strong double-sided bond on the nails. These products are NOT the same as top coat or clear nail polish.
The base coat adheres perfectly on the nail beds and, at the same time, serve as a solid foundation for your nail polish. The elastic component helps your nail polishes resist cracking and chipping.