Not only does it create the perfect foundation for nail polish, but a quality base coat also helps extend a nail polish‘s wear time. “Base coat is important to adhesion and to even out tone, brighten, and perfect the nail plate,” says Deborah Lippmann, celebrity manicurist and founder of Deborah Lippmann. “It will also dramatically improve the longevity of your manicure.”
When shopping for a base coat, be sure to look for products that will improve the longevity of your manicure and help strengthen and nourish your nails. Ingredients like calcium, keratin, vitamin E, and avocado oil can make your nails more resilient and healthier. Below, see some of my favorite base coats to extend the life of your next at-home manicure.