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Can You Use Top Coat As Nail Polish?

Written by Tara

For this very reason, we don’t recommend using clear polish as a top coat. Even the best clear nail polish will crack and peel unless it’s properly sealed. Using a top coat over the nail polish would be best for the longevity of your nail polish as clear nail polish is not made to protect and seal.

Top coat is a multipurpose tool that is a must for every manicure and pedicure. It’s up to your client whether they want polish protection or style perfection — but the good news is that a good top coat can do both!

Generally Is top coat different from clear nail polish? Clear polish is like a glaze: it functions exactly the same as nail polish and doesn’t actually protect your nails from anything. Top coat creates a more protective layer: it dries harder than standard nail polish and is less prone to chipping, making it better at maintaining shine and color.

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Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

Can I use a top coat by itself?

Can you use a gel base and topcoat alone? Yes, you can use a gel top coat as clear gel polish. There is no clear gel polish.

Can I use base coat as clear nail polish?

A base coat is simply to help adhere the polish to the bed better and to protect it from staining. Clear polish might not work as well as a base coat polish but it will work. Just remember to buff your nail up a bit so the clear polish can hold on to the nail better.

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Is nail polish base coat necessary?

A base coat is your best defense against staining. It provides a clear protective layer between the nail and the pigment of the polish above, says Waldorf. A good rule of thumb is that the darker the color, the more important it is to use a base coat.

Can I use a top coat as a base coat?

Also, topcoat as a basecoat doesn’t work because it’s thicker, it takes longer to dry, and it doesn’t have the properties that a basecoat does to properly lock out the oils in your natural nails, she adds.

Does top coat protect nails?

Top coat is essential protection for your nail polish. It’s an investment in your nails, not just for longevity, but also for their colour, finish, and overall appearance. In the realm of nail polish longevity, top coats are essential.

Does top coat harden nails?

Advanced Hard As Nails Strengthening Top Coat™ from Sally Hansen seals in color and strengthens your nails. Our advanced formula helps prevent breaking and splitting, with a high-shine, extra-hard finish. When you want stronger nails and a shiny manicure that lasts, use Advanced Hard As Nails Strengthening Top Coat™!

Do you put top coat on wet nails?

You don’t even necessarily need it to be touch dry. Seche Vite and other quick-dry top coats generally work better if you use them over polish that’s about 50% dry, and tend to peel badly if you wait too long to apply them.

What is top coat used for?

Top Coats give your nails a long-lasting gel manicure, from a high-shine (or gorgeous matte) finish to offering a layer of protection to your nails. Top Coat helps to prevent chips and scratches to your gel polish, shielding your nails to ensure your gel manicure looks great and lasts longer.

Is base coat or topcoat more important?

According to board-certified dermatologist Dr. Kavita Mariwalla, M.D., it’s more important to wear a base coat than a top coat. If you don’t wear a base coat, polish will potentially weaken and stain your nails, especially if you choose a dark color, she tells Bustle.

How many top coats of nail polish should I apply?

You should always apply one coat of base coat, two coats of polish, and two coats of top coat for an optimal manicure. The key to a salon-like mani is covering your nail in three strokes – any more tends to result in streaky, clumpy nails.

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Tara

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