I would be stretching the truth if I said that I was bad at painting nails. I AM AWFUL AT PAINTING NAILS.
The "Dreams Nail Lacquer 2-in-1 Base and Top Coat" is my saving grace. It makes my nail beds smooth and makes applying the nail polish easier. It also helps to create a smooth finished look as a top coat. Big bonus: my polish lasted a whole week with this goodness on top!