All About That Base

But really though, in the nail polish world, Megan Trainor got it exactly right: the base coat is super important! I am a firm believer in the value of base coat use.

Base Coats
My favorite, go-to base coats
  1. Base coats protect your nails from staining. All those lovely, dark colors and deep hues can stain your nail after a week or two of wear if there’s no base coat. Who wants remnants of their last manicure when you’re trying to do something new and fresh?
  2. Base coats help make polish stick, part 1 – base coats are specially formulated so that they stick to the surface of the nail below it as well as the polish that goes on top. So, using some basic chemistry knowledge that “like sticks to like,” we know that polish will adhere to a like substance (the base coat) much better than an unlike substance (your nail).
  3. Base coats help make polish stick, part 2 – they fill in imperfections and/or ridges in the nail, creating the perfect service for your color to adhere, therefore making the polish more even along the surface of your nail and prolonging your mani.
  4. Base coats come in many different forms and can help address some of your most pressing nail/polish concerns.
    1. Regular, Run-of-the-Mill base coats – Great for daily use and they fit the bill for points 1-3 above. They’ll add a nice buffed-looking sheen to nails if worn alone. I’m all about KBShimmer Basic Training Base Coat and Dream Polish Gem Stick Base Coat.
    2. They can help strengthen nails – there are many base coats out there in the world that have vitamins, minerals, and special formulas to help protect nails agains wear and acetone use, as well as improve their health, appearance, and quality. My favorite examples are the Zoya Naked Manicure and Dream Polish Smooth Gem Base Coat.
    3. They can make glitter removal a breeze
      Seriously, how cool is this? No effort involved in taking off that glitter accent nail! Featured: Smokey Mountain Lacquers Too Hot to Handle (orange) & Sincerely Polish Merida (blue, glitter accent nail)
      Seriously, how cool is this? No effort involved in taking off that glitter accent nail! Featured: Smokey Mountain Lacquers Too Hot to Handle (orange) & Sincerely Polish Merida (blue glitter)

      – glitter polish is beautiful and wonderful but damn is it hard to remove! These types of base coats make glitter removal super easy: all you have to do is peel. I’m sure that sounds horrific; we all know you’re not supposed to do that because it rips up the top layer of your nail and that is obviously very bad, but these base coats are specially formulated to lift off the nail so that no damage is done. The only difference with these base coats is that they take a little bit longer to dry than usual. My go-to in this category is Dainty Digits Polish Glitter Be Gone.

By no means is this an exhaustive list – there are a plethora of options to choose from when it comes to base coats, you just need to find one (or two, or a few) that fit your needs.

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