Here at G&M, I've done tons of posts on nail polish – from explaining the different types of nail polish finishes, to the latest polish trends, unique nail art techniques & even unusual uses for your favorite polishes. I've also done a basic manicure tutorial to get you started.
Even though I've covered tons of nail-related topics, there're still many more that I'd like to explain in-depth. So each week, I'll have an entire post dedicated to nail polish: from the hottest colors of the season, to fun nail art techniques, to info on the must-have nail products of the moment.
This week, I want to talk about one of my favorite nail products: the base coat. I ♥ me some base coats & they're totally underrated when it comes to DIY manicures.
Top 5 Reasons to use a Base Coat:
1. It gives a uniform application of color.
2. It ensures a longer lasting mani/pedi that's slower to chip.
3. Base coats with certain proteins, Aloe vera, vitamin E & calcium can strengthen nails that are brittle & dry & reduce splitting & peeling.
4. Dark nail polishes like blues, blacks & bright reds can stain the nail & seep into the nail bed. Applying a base coat may prevent that from happening.
5. A base coat provides a hint of shine & when used properly, the shine lasts even longer.
My Favorite Base Coat:
When shopping for a base coat, it can be tempting to go for those 2-in-1 base/top coats you find at the store. But after testing them myself, I've found that those are mostly a waste of money & aren't as effective as separate top & base coats. Spend a little more & get separate top and base coats: you'll have them forever & your nails will look better.
In my opinion, here is the best base coat for your money:
Avon Nail Experts Adhesive Base Coat
It's one of my all-time favorite base coats.
It's pretty unique in that it dries sticky: so polish literally adheres to it. This makes your polish stay on even better than with normal, non-sticky formulas.
Be forewarned, though, if you wait too long the stickiness will dry out & your polish will peel off in sheets, which isn't exactly ideal. However, it's definitely worth a try!!
Now that you've heard my opinions on base coats, I want to hear from you!! Do you use a base coat?? What're your favorite ones??? Which ones don't you like?