Do you need to use a base coat?
The simple answer?
The more complex answer?
And here’s why. Nail polish is made of pigment. These same beautiful pigments that give your color that rich vibrancy can also be very naughty and stick to, stain, or dye your nail beds and cuticles. Base coat is the hero here. It keeps your nail beds smooth so that your lacquer goes on evenly. It’s the nude slip under your semi-see through skirt. The spanx under your tight dress. It’s like how you wear primer under your foundation – it helps your foundation sit better on a smooth canvas, and not come off as quickly. You don’t wear primer? Ok we need to talk. It also means your nail polish comes off easier when the time is right – less scrubbing and cursing. If you’re in a hurry you can always skip the top coat, but base is a must. Your nails will thank you when they aren’t stained and yellow.
What are some of your favorite base coat brands?