5 REASONS WHY YOU NEED TOPCOAT
A good top coat is more than just clear nail polish! Tell me this—do you find your manicure always chips faster than you want it to? (I know, this makes gel manicures really tempting, but hear me out). 1) It makes your manicure last longer Nail polish top coat adds a glossy seal over the polish you’ve just put on, ensuring it doesn’t chip away as easily. 2) It helps your nails dry faster I don’t even consider a top coat these days if quick dry isn’t mentioned anywhere on the label.To put it simply, quick dry top coats work by literally solidifying faster, making bumps and nicks harder to make in the nail polish itself. 3) It can make your manicure look like gel Top coats add a more glossy finish and high shine to perfect nails, giving them the illusion of a thicker layer of polish that looks like gel. 4) It smooths any over application mistakes If you accidentally nick or smudge your nails, here’s no reason to stress—your perfect nails aren’t ruined! This is where the top coat comes in. It’ll smooth over and fill any tiny little nicks and bumps just enough so that they’re not noticeable, saving you from doing over your nails. 5) It makes your at-home nail art look pro It adds that finishing touch and makes everything look 100% better. Which top coat is best? A lot of people think that their nail polish chips because they’re using a cheap brand. The thing is, it doesn’t matter what brand of nail polish you use—if you’re using a good quality top coat and base coat, you can make ANY nail polish last (and look good!) for perfect nails. Here are my favourite top coats! Seche Vite Top Coat Seche - Vite Dry Fast Clear Top Coat Seche Vite Dry Fast top coat is a classic. There’s a good reason it comes so highly recommended—I don’t think I’ve ever had my nails look so much like gel before. However, it thickens very quickly and requires the Seche Restore brand thinner to use it again due to Seche Vite’s unique formula. Essie Good to Go essie - Good to Go Top Coat It dries quickly and super shiny, but doesn’t make nails look as gel-like as other top coats. However, it’s one that I relied on for a long time and I would happily recommend it. Essie Gel Setter Reviewessie - Gel Setter Top Coat It’s definitely similar to Good to Go, but to me has a little more plumping and a gel-like finish for nails. Sally Hansen Big Shiny Top Coat Sally Hansen - Big Shiny Top Coat I really, really liked the Sally Hansen Big Shiny Top Coat. It was Big, Shiny, and quick-drying—and easy to get and cheap. What’s not to love? So, what's the fastest way to dry nails again? Answer: with a top coat—so skip all those Pinterest hacks about putting your hands in iced water. Apply thin coats of nail polish, let it dry a little in between, and seal everything off with a good top coat (and your nails will probably look better and last longer than gel, too!) Here's to good manis and pedis ahead!
Sally Hansen-Big Shiny Top Coat
MY FULL MANICURE KIT
Here’s my full manicure kit that I rely on whenever I do my nails and how I use them! I’m not a pro, but I have found a really good routine and method that works for me, so I hope this helps you! I've listed everything except nail polish. ✔️ Glass Nail File Glass nail files are so much better for nails than emery boards. They’re fine grain, but very effective for safely and quickly shaping nails. I can’t live without one! ✔️ Buffer This helps to smooth out any ridges in nails and lift any nail polish staining. However, don’t buff your nails too much otherwise you could thin them out and damage them. ✔️ Cuticle Oil Conditions nails and cuticles. So handy for strengthening nails and keeping cuticles from getting ragged. ✔️ Base Coat Helps nail polish last longer and strengthens nails. This one is non-negotiable! ✔️ Top Coat Helps nail polish last longer, dry quickly, and look shiny and professional. Another non-negotiable part of a manicure kit. ✔️ Cuticle Tools Perfect for gently pushing back cuticles, as well as wiping up any wet nail polish if application has been messy. ✔️Toe Separators Makes it super easy to paint the perfect pedicure! No more smudged toenails!
essie-Gel Setter Top Coat
COOL TONED NAILS (PERFECT FOR SCORPIOS)
Here’s the thing as a Scorpio - everyone expects us to like black or super dark nails because we’re ~mysterious~ and spooky. Most Scorpios (including myself) also have a soft side and I like using my nail polish to express this. We’re also a little cold and standoffish, so I’ll go with a cool, but soft shade today - OPI Icelanded a Bottle of OPI It’s a cool-toned taupe-grey - it’s not a cute, sweet pink that might suit another star sign better. As always, I put on a coat of Duri Rejuvacote before two coats of polish, then Essie Gel Setter. This combination hasn’t let me down yet! Icelanded a Bottle of OPI is perfectly flawless in two coats and I’ve gotten up to two weeks of wear (especially with base and top coat) out of it. I like it better than gel since I can actually take it off whenever I want and just put it back on again (if I want!) I’m a practical Scorpio (I’ve outgrown having long nails) so I’ve painted my natural nails. I like to keep them at a natural, rounded shape. Just in case I have to help my friend bury a body or something… Just kidding! ;) duri - Rejuvacote 1 Nail Growth System OPI - Long Lasting Nail Polish Infinite Shine 2 essie - Gel Setter Top Coat
essie-Gel Setter Top Coat
I used a nail art pen to draw the polka dots on my nails. This one is double sided with two different sized dotters, so if I wanted to make a bigger dot, I just dropped them on instead I f drawing them on/drawing them bigger. Its honestly way easier than using a toothpick because a toothpick is too pointy and you’d actually have to draw the circles/dots, whereas with this dotter you can just drop them on! The fact that it also has two sized dotters helped so if you wanted bigger dots, you just use the yhe larger dotter. This nail tool was easy to use, its a no brainer tbh, but it also came with a whole set of nail tools that are really helpful in nail design and upkeep. This look took me a while to do just because of how many colours I decided to use but it was an easy style to do even though it was time consuming. I just put on a movie and took my time 😊 So the nail tool tagged Maniology - Dual Sided Nail Art Brush and Dotting Tool Set Cute Turquoise contains something similar in the kit, but the tool pictured here was something I got in a nail kit that was gifted to me. It came with some drugstore nail polish and some other nail tools like a nail file, cuticle nipper and some nail art tools as well like this dotter but also a nail art brush. The item tagged is probably the closest thing you may find, although the dotters in the product tagged has the two sized dotters on different tools. This is not a huge deal, it will still help you achieve the look you want ☺️
Maniology-Dual Sided Nail Art Brush and Dotting Tool Set Cute Turquoise
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