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How Many Nail Polish Coats Do You Apply?

How Many Coats Do You Apply?

When it comes to polish, I love pigment. I'm that crazy girl going for three or more swipes with a brush, until even the most transparent shade looks like a generously applied coat of house paint. (Of course, if the color's already good and thick, I'll just put on one coat.) Other people are less into having their polish stand out as much, or aren't big fans of opacity in general. So what about you? Does your number of coats vary or do you always apply the same amount? Do you even wear polish, for that matter?

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Smashboxchick Smashboxchick 6 years
Just 2, never more than that.
slikkback slikkback 6 years
3-4 coats but i find that the more coats i use, the more likely the mani will crack and flake off as soon as a week is up =(
Allytta Allytta 6 years
4. base coat, two coats of polish and a top coat
Talldiva45 Talldiva45 6 years
Depends on the polish - Always two coats of color at least. Polishes vary so much in consistency, transparency, streaking, how they spread on the nail and application...it's hard to judge until you apply the polish...
gingirl gingirl 6 years
I usually just do the 2 -3 of the colored nail polish, along with a base coat and a top coat. Since I usually stick with OPI polish, I usually don't need to apply more than 2 oats. I love this rubberized base coat I bought. My nails last much longer without chipping now!
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 6 years
Usually 2 or 3
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 6 years
Usually 2 or 3
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
Generally, 2 - 4 coats, depending on base and top coats. If I have a french mani, it takes about 4 - 6 coats because of the bi-colors. Sometimes, in between manis and pedis, I would add another top coat to freshen up my nails, so that's another coat. :) I'm really careful to let my nails dry in between the coats. I find that it makes my mani and pedi look better, and they last much longer. JMHO.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
Generally, 2 - 4 coats, depending on base and top coats.If I have a french mani, it takes about 4 - 6 coats because of the bi-colors.Sometimes, in between manis and pedis, I would add another top coat to freshen up my nails, so that's another coat. :)I'm really careful to let my nails dry in between the coats. I find that it makes my mani and pedi look better, and they last much longer. JMHO.
TrulyLoved TrulyLoved 6 years
if i have acrylics on, i usually have to go for a couple extra coats because the white stands out so much sometimes. BUT I try very hard to keep them a little as possible.
mek123 mek123 6 years
I get a mani and depending on the color/mood I'm going for, she applies anywhere from 1-4 coats plus a base and top coat.
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 6 years
jocupcake - you should try seche vite dry fast top coat, your nails will be dry to the touch in less than 5 mins, and completly dry in about 30 mins.
any any 6 years
2 or three
any any 6 years
2 or three
jocupcake jocupcake 6 years
I usually just do one. Occasionally I'll do two if the color is really light. Honestly, I don't get how you girls do so many coats! My nails take forever to dry with 2 coats.
buzzlightgirl buzzlightgirl 6 years
My mani/pedi girl Debbie does it all for me!!
pharm_chick pharm_chick 6 years
usually 2-3 does the trick for me, but i go over it till it looks nice and not house paint like but has the pigmentation i love
Ayu Ayu 6 years
Basecoat, 2 coats of colored polish and topcoat. I only have one or two polishes that look good with one coat. I usually use those that require more for mixing with others to create new shades which aren't such a hassle to apply.
GummiBears GummiBears 6 years
It depends on the brand. But I usually stick with CG or OPI so 2 coats is enough.
Dana18 Dana18 6 years
I always put two coats. It lasts and the color looks the best.
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 6 years
Usually 2 or 3 but if its a really sheer color or yellow then it usually takes 4 or 5
genesisrocks genesisrocks 6 years
Usually one unless it is a sheer, light color like white in which case I apply 2-3
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