Let’s admit it: Most of us lack patience when doing our manicure at home. Instead of following a proper step-by-step process, we directly end up jumping onto applying nail polish and then complain that our at-home manicure doesn’t last half as long as the one we get done from the salon. If this sounds all too familiar, then this article is just you.

One of the main reason why your at-home manicure chips away so quickly is because you skip applying a layer of base coat before putting on nail paint. Trust us, girls, if you think applying a base coat won’t make any difference, we’re about to prove you wrong. Read on for five reasons why you MUST use a base coat during your at-home manicure sesh.

 

Ensures a long-lasting manicure

Ensures a long-lasting manicure

This is one of the most apparent benefits of using a base coat. Base coats contain cellulose, which makes the base coat stick to your nail as well as ensures that the nail polish adheres on to the base coat better, making your manicure last way longer than it would without a base coat.

 

Helps strengthen your nails

Helps strengthen your nails

Base coats are loaded with nourishing ingredients such as vitamin E, calcium, etc. These ingredients sink into your nails and provide it with much-needed care, conditioning and nutrition to keep them looking strong and healthy.

 

Prevents stained nails

Prevents stained nails

Regularly wearing nail polishes or wearing dark colours can lead to a chemical reaction between the nail polish and the top enamel of your nail. This ends up staining your nails and making them appear yellow. A base coat acts as a protective layer between your nail and the polish, thus preventing nail discolouration.

 

Handy problem solvers

Handy problem solvers

Several base coats in the market are formulated to deal with different nail concerns. Got weak nails? Opt for a strengthening formula. Got cracks and ridges? Use one with ridge-filling properties. Want stronger nails? Use a base coat infused with calcium milk. Got stained nails? Opt for a brightening base coat. You get the drift. Pick the ones that address your nail woes.

 

. Ensures streak-free application

Ensures streak-free application

A base coat provides your nail polish with a smooth base to glide on. This is because the base coat fills in the ridges on your nails; thus giving you a smoother and streak-free application.