How to use the top coat?

Finalize and protect a nail polish or bring it nice effects, the top coat with several functions. Light.

Considered sometimes superfluous by some women, the top coat has a real use: it brings hold, finish, protection and shine to nail polish … But that’s not all! Thanks to their glittery or matte effect, some top coats sophisticate your manicure. Lighting on this tool more essential than we think.


First of all, top coat means “top layer”. And originally, this one is a transparent and shiny varnish to apply after the colored varnish. His role? Bring shine and resistance to the manicure. For example, without it glitter nail polish would flake much faster. There are now at L’Oréal Paris and Essie top coats capable of extending the duration of your varnish for a week. Sly.

Finally, some top coats can also speed up drying. These are to be applied only one minute after the last coat of nail polish.


With the boom of the nail art trend,the top coat is enchanting and is no longer limited to protecting your varnish. It becomes playful and is also used to decorate the nails: confetti, matte, sequins, milky, smocky, the effects are as numerous as they are different. So, thanks to this progression, the top coat is a very useful tool to make nail art.

Finally the matte top coats allow to display an ultra sharp manicure result. You can apply it on the entire nail, just on the lunula, French manicure way or diagonally.


A top coat is obviously applied after the nail polish, once it is dry. This is applied in a more or less thin layer depending on the desired effect.
Feel free to iron a layer of top coat every day or every other day to make your manicure last even longer.

Our tip? To prevent the top coat from retracting the nail polish, it is best to start by applying it to the edge of the nail and only then on the rest of the nail.

First of all, we recommend that you use the adequate manicure and pedicure set to take care of your nails: file them, polish them, apply a base.

Read also: 5 tips for stronger nails

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