“My name is base coat, and I am not optional.”

DIY manicures are easy-peasy! Just grab your polish and start applying it on your nails. Sounds like the right way to do an at-home manicure, doesn’t it? Well, not really! If you’re a lazy girl who loves flaunting pretty shades on her nails and have been using the above-mentioned method, then let us break it to you that you’ve been doing it all wrong! *Sigh*

A simple, at-home manicure involves a minimum of four steps—base coat, nail polish, second coat of polish and top coat. Only after you follow these four steps religiously will you get a salon-like finish. And girl, never ever underestimate the power of base coat and top coat. While the former creates a base for your polish, the latter seals in the colour for it to last longer.  

Let’s admit it! One thing that most of us don’t feel the need to invest in is a base coat. But a base coat is a lifesaver. It prevents discolouration on your nails, provides a smooth base for your polish to spread evenly and at times, even makes your nails stronger and healthier with substances like Vitamin E and proteins infused in it. However, what a base coat does not quite do is make your nail colour pop. *Ouch* But fret not! We’ve got you covered with a super cool hack.

Ditch your base coat for this nail shade

The hack

If you want your nail shade to pop, switch your base coat with a… are you ready for the BIG reveal? White polish! Yes, you read that right!

Skip your base coat and instead opt for the Elle 18 Nail Pops Nail Polish - 39. A white nail paint will still protect your nails from becoming stained with coloured nail polishes. If you want to see the difference, then apply base coat on one finger and white polish on the other. Layer it with the same nail colour and find out for yourself!