Pros know not to skip the base coat step in their services; after all, the base coat sets the stage for a long-lasting mani or pedi. But not all base coats are created equal; in fact, many address different nail needs because, frankly, not all nails are created equal either. Here, we rounded up a few of the best formulas that address everything from ridges to adhesion to getting off glitter without any aggravating elbow grease.

Ridding Those Ridges: Butter London Nail Foundation Priming Base Coat

To put it bluntly: Ridges ruin manicures. This quick-dry base coat fills in ridges to set the stage for a smooth polish application. Bonus: The soft beige tinted base actually brightens lighter polish shades! butterlondon.com

Need Some Stick: Orly Bonder Rubberized Basecoat

Without a doubt, a layer of this bonder acts like a magnet, gripping your polish job for lasting adhesion. orlybeauty.com

Reinforcing Weak, Brittle Nails: Duri Rejuvacote 1 Nail Growth System

Hydrolyzed wheat and soy proteins provide serious strengthening action to dry, weak nails, yet the hydrating formula ensures that nails remain flexible and pliable to stave off breakage. duri.com

Toughening Up Soft, Thin Nails: Nails Inc. NailKale Superfood Base Coat

Paper-thin, peeling nails benefit from this base’s laundry-list of nourishing ingredients, such as aloe vera, ginseng, pomegranate and kale extracts, plus strengthening keratin and antioxidants vitamins A, C, E, F and H. sephora.com

Pre-emptive Glitter Strike: Sally Hansen Big Peel Off Base Coat

For those with a hankering for glitzed-up nails, but who want to dropkick every last glitter fleck once it comes time to remove it, this base coat allows you to skip the drying acetone soak and instead peel off your manicure on one fluid tug. Amazon.com


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