Are Base Coat and Top Coat Really Necessary?

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Whether base and top coats are necessary for a good at-home manicure has been debated for years. It’s obviously something done at salons, but when you’re doing your nails at home, you don’t need to be that extra, right?


Base and top coats (more base coats than top coats) make such a difference in the manicure quality, length, and even your nail health. And here’s why:

Base Coats Make Colors Brighter

If you put on a base coat before painting your nails, the polish you use will be brighter and more opaque. You won’t need anywhere nearly as much either, so your bottles of polish will last longer!

Base Coats Protect Your Nails

There are chemicals in certain nail polishes that can be bad for the nails themselves. Your base coat protects them from potential damage. They also help prevent pieces of your nail peeling off when your polish chips.

Base Coat Makes Polish Last Longer

A sticky base coat will keep your polish adhered to your nail, making your manicure last significantly longer.

Top Coats Prevent Chipping

Top coat primarily protects your nail polish from chipping. Which doesn’t seem like a huge deal, but chips can also take thin layers of your nail off with them. Eventually, this weakens your nails, causing breakage.

Using a base and top coat when you do your at-home manicures is one of the best ways to keep your nails healthy and strong. What’s your favorite base and top coat? Let me know in the comments! (mine is the OPI Natural Nail Base Coat and the Seche Vite Top Coat)