A top coat is the last layer you apply to your gel nails. Its purpose is to protect your manicure from peeling and chipping, and it can also help keep the color of your gel nails vibrant for longer. That's why many people choose to use a top coat when applying their gel nail stickers! Let's look at when it is appropriate (and not appropriate) to apply a top coat:
What is a top coat?
A top coat is a transparent layer that protects the self-adhesive nail stickers. Top coats are applied after the gel nails have been glued. There are different top coats:
- Topcoats that harden using a UV lamp or
- Topcoats that air dry.
When do I use a top coat?
Generally, a top coat is applied to protect the manicure. And for the finishing touch!
You can use a top coat on nail wraps to extend their life and make them last longer. This can mean protection against chipping or fading. Or when crocheting the stickers behind your hair. This usually occurs after ~7 days. A set of wraps consists of 20 nail wraps, so you can also re-stick a crochet sticker.
The more your nail is exposed to water, dirt, and other things that can damage it (such as picking up heavy objects), the more likely your gel nail stickers will last for 10 days.
How often should you reapply your nail top coat?
If your nails are chipping, you can reapply the top coat. If they don't and are still perfect after a few days, then it's safe to say there's no need to reapply a top coat.
You can also reapply the top coat if your hair gets caught on the gel nail sticker. Or if you want more shine or a matte appearance.
So, which is better? There is nothing better, but a top coat really completes your manicure. The finishing touch. When you apply a top coat, you also feel that the nail wraps fit like a charm. If you choose to omit the topcoat first, you can always apply it later. Experience your preference yourself.
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