(Closed) Nail polish! Do you use base coat? Top coat?

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: When you do your nails.. what do you use?
    Just color : (5 votes)
    9 %
    Color and top coat : (16 votes)
    29 %
    Base coat and color : (3 votes)
    5 %
    Base, color, and top coat! : (32 votes)
    57 %
    I don't wear nail color : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    @pinkshoes:  I am a cosmo student and the correct way is acetone (to get rid of oils on your nails), base coat, 2 coats of color, and top coat. 

    Also to make the polish stay longer, seal the free-edge with every coat

    Post # 4
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    1006 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I just got into this too and I am using Sally Hansen ridge filling base coat because I love the super perfect even and shiny look of all of the nail polish bloggers’ nails.  For my last coat, I used just that base coat and two coats of color and I got no chips but the tips wore some after aout the third day (I have short nails but I’m not hard on them).  So I bought Seche Vite top coat which has rave reviews from most people, and I’m going to try that next time around.  ARGH though I’m really frustrated right now because I just tried to paint my nails and I kept messing up- part of it I think was the new polish I bought, which has a weird texture- and part of it was perfectionism I suppose.  Nails are still bare right now. 

    Post # 5
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    288 posts
    Helper bee

    I always used to do two coats of color. Stop. Then my sis began cosmotolegy school an recommended that we do the base coat, two color, and top coat. Not only did it last much longer chip-free, it also dried WAY faster which stunned me since it was two extra coats of polish. Not to mention my family had become obsessed with opi/Essie as they seem to be better quality. We also have some stuff from opi called chip skip that goes on before the base coat. Idk what it does but it works like a charm!

    Post # 6
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    2143 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    I always just do colour. I rarely have the patients to do my nails, so when I do I want it to be over as quickly as possible lol. I should probably start using a top coat at the very least since it always chips so quickly! Great tips in this thread. 

    Post # 8
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    155 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    @pinkshoes:  Wash your hands, use 100% acetone (can get at sallys), wait for it to dry, put base coat on directly after, then follow the other steps. You can even use a very smooth file to rough up your nails a bit, if you have trouble with your polish sticking.

    Post # 9
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    1006 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @pinkshoes:  Me too, story of my life- I did base coat on all nails, then did my left thumbnail and hated the polish (I just bought L’Oreal because CVS was giving $3 back and it’s soo streaky) so I removed it from that thumb and then accidentally got remover on my right hand nails so they weren’t smooth. And it all went downhill from there.  I’m also trying to practice keeping the polish away from my cuticles like the nail bloggers do. Haha.  

    Post # 10
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    45 posts
    Newbee

    Top coat also makes it way more shiney and like PPs said, the mani lasts longer. I definitely notice a difference if I don’t use top coat. I do all three, base, colour and top.

    Post # 12
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    11233 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Base, color, and topcoat, but I use a gel system. With regular polish, even doing a technically perfect manicure ends up smudged/chipped/etc. on me within a day. I switched to gel and it’s been wonderful.

    Post # 13
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    3697 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I always do base coat, 2-3 coats of color (thin coats!), and topcoat.  It takes practice, but I’ve gotten pretty good.  🙂 

    I even go so far as to always use the same brand base and topcoat.  I have a little more OPI than Butter London, but I use them both.  Sometimes I do use Seche Vite topcoat when I’m in a huge hurry with the OPI – it dries super quick.  Caution though – it’s dry to the touch but still takes time before you can bump it and not mar the polish.  I can drive to work or go to bed without it getting all messed up, though.  In fact I do my nails right before I leave for work a lot of mornings. 

    I’m bad at not ‘capping the edge’ of my nails, but I always switch my polish after 2-3 days anyway, so I don’t get bothered when it chips on the 2nd day, but that does help a lot. 

    Post # 14
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    6015 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I always use a base and color.  That way the color doesn’t bleed and stain my nails.

    Post # 15
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    428 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I haven’t been using color recently, but I’ve been doing two coats of Nail Magic and a clear topcoat. I’ll likely go back to crazy colors in a few weeks 🙂

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