I have to admit, I’ve made this major mistake one too many times. And all it really is is an extra and simple step we should all take.
The one thing we should never do when painting our nails is skip applying a base coat.
If you’re someone who changes your nail polish as often as the weather, this is especially important. By applying a base coat, you’re not only setting a smooth surface for the nail polish to dry on, you’re also giving your nails a little more breathing room. We did some sleuthing on the Internet and found that a base coat creates a barrier protecting our nails from the damaging effects of nail polish. It prevents discoloration, like the unattractive yellow staining we find on our nails when we’ve had our nail polish on too long.
Plus, base coat nail polish has ingredients that contain protein, vitamin E or calcium. This allows for our nails to not only breathe a bit more and prevent discoloration, but also gives our nails extra strength from turning brittle and breaking easily.
Really, it’s a win-win. So I promise you that those few extra minutes are well worth the energy and extra time.
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