Been ixnay-ing on the nail salon in favor of doing your own mani-pedis at home? We'll go out on a limb and assume that you're saving money, but are seriously p.o.'ed at how quickly your DIY polish jobs chip. How do those manicurists get color to stay in place so damned long? They pick the correct base & top coats. After a lot of trial and error, we discovered Butter London Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat ($18), which is pricier than our usual drugstore picks, but worth it in the long run when you consider that it helps polish stick around for days longer than a basic clear basecoat. It fills in ridges and leaves a smooth, matte surface that nail lacquer can adhere to more easily. Genius!
PS - We're now on the search for the perfect chip-proof clear topcoat. Any suggestions?
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