Top coat, base of varnish, base coat … When one is not bilingual varnish, these terms can be likened to Chinese. Phew! Explanations, advice, products: we give you the keys to an easy and perfect manicure to do at home. Follow the guide !
The application of nail polish does not take only one or two layers of carmine red. Any self-respecting manicure should include the laying of a base coat and a top coat.
Are you lost? Do not panic, we tell you everything about these essential manicures .
What is the difference between a top coat and a nail polish?
As its name suggests, a base of varnish is put at the base: first, before the varnish. It is used to care for the nail and to protect it from the layer of varnish that will follow.
The top coat, meanwhile, is the top layer (“on top”, for bilinguals), after the varnish. It is used to polish, shine and fix the manicure.
OK , but as it is in both cases of clear varnish , we tend to mix one and the other.
- The top coat in base, one has the right?
Who, faced with a manicure kit decimated, has never blown a big you only live once by applying his top coat as a base coat? Nobody (or almost)!
And yet, if in both cases they are colorless varnishes, they do not have the same role or the same composition.
Base coats are first and foremost care for the nails (besides, they can be sufficient on themselves on tired nails). Not only do they form a protective barrier, but they are also treating, enriched, serum, amino acids, vitamins and vegetable oils, such as KIKO base coat with kukui oil, for example.
The top coat does not have this stain-repellent action on yellowed nails or nail polish!
Pressed women can turn to 2-in-1 versions, such as the Givenchy top & base coat , for example.
It’s up to you to choose, but do not skip these two crucial steps.
Base coat or “base of varnish”: definition
A manicure in the rules of the art wants that one begins with the base of varnish, this famous first layer which prepares the nail to the laying of the varnish.
It is therefore a transparent base, although the most pretty of us can find some slightly pinkish, peach or apricot.
In any case, the base coat is intended to protect his nails and to treat them. Depending on the ingredients of which it is composed, it can strengthen, smooth, boost growth harden the nail.
It is especially useful when using colored nail polish: in use, red nail polish can yellow the nail, for example.
How to apply the base of varnish?
To act like a professional manicure, one begins by cleaning the nail with hygienic spray or modified alcohol, as well as by clearing his fingers of the cuticles.
Thus, we make sure we have a varnish that takes longer , and more beautiful!
Then the nail is ready to receive a coat of base coat. Moreover, it is useless to insist and to brush the brush more than reason, a layer is enough to form this protective barrier.
What is the top coat?
The top coat is both the most important step if you want to wear a manicure shiny, clean and durable … and the stage that is most lazy to accomplish.
It is true, after a coat of base coat and one (or two) layers of varnish, the desire fails to wait again that this umpteenth layer of top coat dries.
But whether for a French Manicure or a traditional manicure, only the top coat optimizes the shine and the hold of the nail polish.
In addition, for our greatest pleasure, the top coat is now available in a matte version, such as the Vi try top coat, or in a Glossy version, such as the Beauty Success top coat. !
How to apply the top coat?
First, we make sure that its varnish is perfectly dry. If not, to us bubbles and irregularities Then, apply the top coat as any nail polish : we dip the brush well in the bottom of the bottle, we “drip” quickly brush at the neck and apply it on the nail.
- How many layers of top coat should you wear?
Once again, we are satisfied with a layer.
The secret is to find the right dosage: if you do not have enough material, the whole nail will not be covered and you will create traces. On the contrary, if you have too much material, you will make it overflow and create bubbles …