Both Base Coats and Top Coats are essential for having long-lasting, durable, and gorgeous manicures and pedicures.
And I highly recommend using them but if you don’t have them, they are other options. So in this article, we are gonna explore some easy alternatives that you can use instead of Base Coats or Top Coats.
Alternatives to Base Coats
1- Use White Nail Polish
A plain solid white nail polish can be used as a base coat. The white color helps to show up the color of your nail polish and prevent your nail’s natural color from showing through.
This is kinda like how you use whiteboards to write on with colored markers.
Now using a white nail polish is especially useful if your nail polish isn’t too opaque. Plus if your polishes have a tendency to stain your nails a white polish is less likely to do so and will prevent the pigments from your colored polish from staining your natural nails.
2- Clean Your Nails Properly
A Base Coat’s main purpose is to make your nail polish adhere better to your nails.
Now one of the easiest tricks to keep your nail polish onto your nails is to properly clean your nails before applying your nail polish.
By doing so removes any oil and moisture which would hinder your polish from bonding to your nails.
- First, I recommend washing your hands thoroughly and then let it dry completely.
- Next, use cotton pads soaked with pure acetone to wipe your nails down
- Now, once the acetone is completely evaporated you can proceed to apply your nail polish.
Alternatives to Top Coats
1- Use a Fast Drying Top Coat Spray
Fast-drying top coat sprays are the best alternative if you don’t want to use top coat.
They will make your nail polish dry really fast and make your nail polish look extra glossy just like a top coat.
Fast Drying Top Coats are great if you or your clients are in a hurry.
But the drawback with these sprays is that the amount of protection that they offer for your manicure is significantly less than top coats in their regular polish form.
Now you can also DIY your own polish spray too by using cooking oil or hair spray but this comes with a lot of risks, you can click here to learn more DIY Nail Polish Spray.
2- Buff Your Nails With Cuticle Oil.
One of the easiest ways to make your natural nails nice and glossy without using a top coat is to buff them with cuticle oil.
- The first thing that you need to do is apply cuticle oil over your nails.
- Next buff your nails with using the finest grit on your nail buffer
- Finally, apply some more cuticle oil and then continue to buff your nails.
This method is not to be used as an alternative for a top coat over nail polish but as a way to make your natural nails shiny without a top coat.
For a good nail buffer, I recommend Onsen Pro Buffer.
With the Onsen, I usually buff my nails first with the blue side and then finish with the white side. You can click to see the price of Onsen Pro Buffer on Amazon.
For a good cuticle oil, I recommend Bliss Kiss Cuticle Pen for easy application, you can click to see the price of one on Amazon.