you can use some strengtheners instead of a base coat. It will still protect your nail from staining and give you stronger nails
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
Use the base coat when you paint your nails. it will keep them from discoloring. And you the strengthener when your not going to paint your nails. together they won't work very well
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
If I were you i would put the strengthener on your nail first and then add the base coat. When you put the strengthener on first it's able to soak into the nail and there's no reason why you can't put the base coat over it just for the extra protection. If your nails stain try using lotion on your hands more, the moisture will stop the color from seeping into your nail bed. It may take a lil while but the more you put lotion on the faster it will hydrate and you won't have that problem anymore :)
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
(Nassau County, NY)
I'd use the strengthener instead - it should also act as a base coat, solving both your problems!
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
For whatever it's worth, some so-called strengtheners, particularly those from the drugstore, cause nails to peel. I tried one of those Sally Hansen varieties last year and my perfect nails ended up with the product peeling off, plus it took the top layer of nail with it. It took a couple of months for the problem to resolve, plus, no matter what I did, nothing would take off tiny bits of the strengthener. The SH company wouldn't even respond to the issue but I ran into some other people who told me they had the same problem.
Sometimes too many layers of polish and other product can make everything peel. And when product peels off, it can take the top layer of nail with it.
Hope this helps.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
(ATLANTA LOOKS GREAT THIS TIME OF YEAR)
I can't say that I've tried that with this specific base, but in my experience with others, using a strengthener under any nail polish, even with a base/topcoat can prevent the polish from sticking well to you nails. My polish would peel off in perfect little sheets.
I would recommend a supplement like biotin to strengthen your nails. Of course, check with your doctor first to be sure it's ok.