Nail Polish Tips

What Can I Use Instead Of Nail Base Coat?

Written by Tara

Conventional nail polish consists of a polymer, most commonly nitrocellulose, dissolved in a solvent, usually ethyl acetate or butyl acetate. When it is applied the solvent evaporates, leaving the polymer to form a film on the nail.

A white solid color nail polish can be use as a base coat. White is a great choice if you want to highlight the color of your nail polish and keep your nails’ natural hue from showing.

Generally What is nail polish base? A base coat creates a protective layer between your nail bed and the nail polish in order to keep nail damage at bay—think peeling, stripping, breaking, and all the bad stuff—and to shield your nails from the gross yellow discoloration that often comes along with reddish, pinkish, or dark colors.


Similarly, DIY Peel Off Nail Polish Base

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

Can I paint my nails without base coat?

A lot of people think a basecoat is unnecessary or prefer to use one product for both the base and topcoat. No bueno! The fact is you can extend the wear of your manicure by at least a couple of days just by adding that first proper layer. It’s like primer to foundation, says Miss Pop.

What is base coat?

Definition of base coat 1 : the plaster underlying the finish coat and consisting of a single coat or of separately applied scratch coat and brown coat.

What ingredient makes nail polish last longer?

Plasticizers: Added to keep the resin flexible once it’s dry, plasticizers are what help your manicure last longer. Look for: Trimethyl pentanyl diisobutyrate, triphenyl phosphate, camphor, and ethyl tosylamide.

How do you make nail polish without chemicals?

How to Make a Natural Nail Polish?

  1. 8 tbsp olive oil.
  2. 6 tsp pink mica pigment (for pink) or 6 tsp silver grey mica pigment (for silver grey) or 6 tsp magic blue mica pigment (for blue)
  3. 6 drops vitamin E oil.
  4. 1 tsp beeswax.
  5. 1 tsp jojoba oil.

Can I do gel nails without base coat?

Using a good base coat is more important with gel polish than with a regular nail polish. The base coat is what helps the gel bind with your natural nail, and this will ensure that your gel nails last as long as possible.

Can I use a gel top coat as a base coat?

If you do not have a gel base coat and you need to polish your nails for one day, you can use a gel top coat as a base coat. Keep in mind though, your gel polish can peel, chip, or lift away from your natural nails in a few days.

What is nail base coat made of?

Base coats all have three basic ingredients, film-formers, resins, and plasticizers. Ridge-filling base coats in particular have more resin in them that your average base coat; that’s what makes them work.

What is a good base coat?

  • Best Overall: Nails Inc.
  • Best Budget: Sally Hansen Double Duty Base and Top Coat at Amazon.
  • Best Drugstore: Essie First Base Coat at Amazon.
  • Best Splurge: Hermès Enamel Base Coat at
  • Best Adhesive: Triple O Polish Sticky Base Coat at
  • Best Ridge Filler:
  • Best Nail-Hardener:
  • Best Strengthening:

What ingredients are in top coat nail polish?

Top Coat: Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Cellulose Acetate Butyrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Acrylates Copolymer, Benzophenone-3, Trimethylpentanediyl Dibenzoate, CI 60725 (Violet 2).

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I am Tara, and I am addicted to nail polishes and other beauty related things!:) Join me on my ride to paradise!