Though we’re always game for a paint job that involves the brightest and boldest colors sitting atop our dresser or at the salon, the 2019 forecast calls for the exact opposite. No, vibrant shades aren’t going anywhere, but there’s also negative space to consider. We’re talking nail beds that aren’t covered in one color, but accented with lines, dots or textured accessories instead. And if there’s one nonnegotiable tool for pulling off this trend, it’s without a doubt the best base coat nail brands have to offer.
We know what you’re thinking — who needs to really think about which base coat to get when they’re all practically the same? True, all of them are clear, but when you’re also combatting setbacks like chipping, pesky out-of-place ridges and stains from previous manis, we’d say they’re worth considering a bit more. Plus, the technology behind this underrated but important part of the polish process is in the midst of a serious upgrade.
These days, there’s everything from spray-on bases to superfood-infused ones to choose from depending on your specific needs. And as always, the ones that deliver super-glossy finishes are always in vogue. So, whether you’re keeping it clean and simple with a naked manicure or prepping your nail beds for a negative-space design, here are the best top-rated base coats to choose from.
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Originally posted on StyleCaster.