Essie’s new ridge-filling base coat, Smooth-e, combats more than just ridges. Essie global lead educator Rita Remark outlines several of its uses.

Nail discoloration. Discoloration can be due to natural yellowing or whitening of the nail or surface stains from food or nail polish. Smooth-e comes in a tinted, creamy formula that works to conceal discoloration and other imperfections.

 • Dryness or flaking. As we age, the nails retain less moisture, which can lead to dryness. Smooth-e combats dryness with ceramide, which hydrates and prevents moisture loss. Similarly, it protects dry, flaking nails, especially during cold, dry winter months.

 • Ridging. Another sign of age is ridging. Smooth-e works to smooth ridges, and for clients with extremely deep ridges, gaps, or dents, Gel-Setter top coat can be used as well. Its slightly thicker consistency glosses over uneven nails, producing a glass-like surface.

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