When it comes to achieving the perfect manicure, it’s all about the prep. One important step you should never overlook is the base coat. It provides nails with a smooth canvas for polish, prevents staining, stimulates growth, and can help give your manicure a longer lifespan. But instead of swiping on any old formula, you should use one that caters to your specific nail needs. Have unsightly ridges? Sensitive skin? There’s a base coat for those problems. Keep scrolling to find one that best suits you.
If You Have Weak, Brittle Nails:
If you thought you couldn’t work kale into your beauty routine, think again. Nails Inc.’s Superfood Base Coat ($15; sephora.com) is infused with kale extract, which by now we all know is chock-full of vitamins A, C, and K. This boosts keratin production (the protein that makes nails hard), leaving you with stronger, healthier-looking nails as a result.
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If Your Nails Have Ridges:
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For a Longer-Lasting Manicure:
If You Have Sensitive Skin:
For an All-in-One Treatment:
sephora.com), a CC cream for nails, will cure those woes in one quick step. It can even be worn alone for a nude, matte finish.